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10:45 PM 21st September 2019

Haworth-based Gin And Tonics Are Among The Great Taste Winners Of 2019

Miss Mollies Black Jack 1star
Miss Mollies Black Jack 1star
Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food and drink awards, has announced its stars of 2019.

Out of 12,772 products sent in from over 100 different countries, Yorkshire-based Haworth Gins and Gascoigne’s Tonics and Mixers were major winners.

Both produced by the Haworth Steam Brewing Company, they were awarded four 1-star Great Taste awards, which means judges said their drinks delivered fantastic flavour, and two 2-star Great Taste awards, which means judges dubbed them above and beyond delicious.

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.

As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind tasting by hundreds of judges.

Andy Gascoigne
Andy Gascoigne
Andy Gascoigne, the owner of Haworth Steam Brewery, the producer of a whole range of adventurous small-batch gins, tonics and mixers, explained:
“We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised in these prestigious awards. This was the first time we had entered and we came home with stars for every single drink we put forward. It’s brilliant – and a resounding endorsement of what we are trying to create.

“We believe our combination of gins, tonics and mixers are unbeatable. There are plenty of gin makers around but few, if any, are creating fabulous-tasting mixers to go with them.

“We are also very proud of our Yorkshire heritage, using only natural ingredients. Producers of our own Yorkshire gin, based in Haworth, we are steeped in the tradition of the Brontes and the wild, windswept moors.

“We are now confident that our success in the Great Taste Awards 2019 will add value to our business in terms of credibility, opening doors to new retailers and ultimately increasing sales.

“We will be celebrating long and hard at our Brewhouse Bistro here in Haworth. We have built up a loyal following locally and beyond and we will enjoy sharing our success with our friends and patrons,” he added.

Red Gooseberry Tonic
Red Gooseberry Tonic
The coveted two stars were awarded to Gascoigne’s Red Gooseberry Tonic and Gascoigne’s Sour Bramley Apple Mixer; while the one stars were given to Gascoigne’s Blackcurrant and Liquorice Mixer; Gascoigne’s Orange and Grapefruit Tonic; Gascoigne’s Pomegranate Tonic; and Miss Mollie’s Liquorice Blackjack Gin.

Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging.

The panel of judges this year included; cook, writer and champion of sustainable food, Melissa Hemsley, Kenny Tutt, MasterChef 2018 champion, author, Olia Hercules, chef and food writer, Gill Meller, Kavi Thakar from Dishoom, food writer and stylist, Georgina Hayden and author and chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Sourced Market and Partridges.