We strive to source the very best teas of the world and we love every single one of them. It comes as no surprise that they have charmed many others who tried them. Here we're sharing the ones that won the highest accolade in the UK Fine Food world - the Great Taste Award.
You can imagine how proud we are of each of our spectacular winners.
Try them and see for yourself how truly special they are. (Click on each tea below to find out more about it)
Great Taste Awards won by our teas so far:
Ceremonial Matcha - 3 star Gold at the Great Taste Awards 2015
Premium Matcha - 3 star Gold at the Great Taste Awards 2015
Shiraore Green - 1 star Gold at the Great Taste Awards 2015
Mountain Black - 2 star Gold at the Great Taste Awards 2015
Amacha - 2 star Gold at the Great Taste Awards 2015
Cherry Tea - 2 star Gold at the Great Taste Awards 2015
Mountain Herbs - 3 star Gold at the Great Taste Awards 2014
Woojeon - 1 star Gold at the Great Taste Awards 2013
Genmaicha - 1 star Gold at the Great Taste Awards 2013
Kamairicha - 1 star Gold at the Great Taste Awards 2013
Daejak - 1 star Gold at the Great Taste Awards 2013
Amacha - 3 star Gold and top 50 foods in Britain in 2012
Cherry Tea - 3 star Gold at the Great Taste Awards 2012
Aged Oolong - 2 star Gold at the Great Taste Awards 2012
Happy Sencha - 1 star Gold at the Great Taste Awards 2012
High Mountain Oolong - 1 star Gold at the Great Taste Awards 2012
Mountain Black Tea - 1 star Gold at the Great Taste Awards 2012
Momo Cha Fine Teas awarded the Golden Fork Award for Amacha tea
Amacha tea from London-based Momo Cha Fine Teas has been named as one of the Top 50 Foods within the UK and brought Momo Cha the Golden Fork Award for Best First Entrant of 2012. The list was drawn up as part of the Guild of Fine Food’s annual Great Taste accreditation scheme, which saw 8,807 food and drink products blind-tasted and whittled down over the course of 45 days by 350 experts.
Momo Cha Fine Teas is a speciality tea company offering a range of high quality teas and tea accessories, whilst educating about fine teas and tea cultures around the world. Our products are the result of our focus on superb quality and careful selection. The full range is available in our online store.
The top 50 food and drink products were chosen from the 123 entries that had gained a coveted 3-star gold and each one has been nominated for a Golden Fork Award, the highest accolade in fine food and drink which has been announced at the Awards’ dinner at London’s Royal Garden Hotel on 3rd September 2012. Of the top 50 products only 12 received the Golden Fork Award, each in their nominated category.
Judges this year included Masterchef winner and restaurateur Mat Follas, restaurant critic and Masterchef judge Charles Campion, food writers Lucas Hollweg and Xanthe Clay and over 300 food buyers from leading food halls, delicatessens and farm shops, including Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason.
Guild of Fine Food chairman Bob Farrand said that each of the food and drink products entered into Great Taste undergoes the most rigorous scrutiny.
“To achieve a 3-star grading involves at least 25 experts unanimously agreeing that the product tastes divine,” he said. “But to be included in the Top 50 Foods in Britain meant each one had to satisfy the discerning palates of a further 25 dedicated foodies. These products all deliver the most extraordinary taste.”
Mojca Henigman and Niels Vollrath, owners of Momo Cha Fine Teas, said: “We are very proud of all our products and the Golden Fork award is a great recognition of the efforts that we put into sourcing and bringing these fine teas to the public. Amacha is an exquisite delicacy that never fails to impress. Its natural sweetness makes it an ideal substitute for sugar and its versatility of use is an added bonus.”
What is Great Taste?
Great Taste is the largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for speciality and fine food & drink. Established in 1994, it encourages and mentors artisan food producers, offering a unique benchmarking and product evaluation service leading to an independent accreditation that enables small food and drink businesses to compete against supermarket premium own label brands.
Since 1994 over 60,000 products have been evaluated. This year alone, over 8,000 products were blind-tasted by panels of specialists: top chefs, cookery writers, food critics, restaurateurs and fine food retailers.
What are Great Taste judges looking for?
They’re looking for great texture and appearance. They judge the quality of ingredients and how well the maker has put the food or drink together. But above all, they are looking for truly great taste.
How do they work?
Working in small teams, experts taste 25 foods in each sitting, discussing each product as a coordinating food writer transcribes their comments directly onto the Great Taste website which producers access after judging is completed. Over the years, numerous food businesses, start-ups and well established producers have been advised how to modify their foods and have subsequently gone on to achieve gold standard.
Any food that a judging team believes is worthy of gold is judged by at least two further teams. Only when there is a consensus will Gold be awarded – that means at least 16 judges will have tasted every gold accredited product. For 3-star Gold, every single judge attending the session, which can be as many as 30 experts must unanimously agree the food delivers that indescribable ‘wow’ factor.
What should consumers look for?
The logo. The Great Taste symbol is their guarantee a product has been through a rigorous and independent judging process. It’s not about smart packaging or clever marketing – it’s all about taste.