Teatulia, an organic tea company based in Denver, Colorado, gets tea leaves supplied from Bangladesh’s Tetulia
Great Taste, the world’s most trusted food, and drink awards, has awarded Teatulia UK with the 1-star Great Taste award for its Organic Jasmine Green loose leaf tea, and its Organic Chamomile Flower Infusion.
The judges, while evaluating as many as 12,777 products sent in from 106 different countries, dubbed Teatulia’s Organic Chamomile Flower Infusion as a product that delivers “fantastic flavour,” read a release issued in this regard on Wednesday.
Teatulia was also awarded a 2-star Great Taste award for its Organic Oolong loose leaf tea and its Organic White loose leaf tea which means that judges dubbed them above and beyond delicious.
Meanwhile, the White Tea was described as “immaculate” and the Oolong was found to be “eminently drinkable.”
Great Taste, which is judged by 144 of the most discerning palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers, and producers, as well as food writers and journalists, is the most coveted of all food and drink awards, added the release.
This year’s winners have been found through a combination of remote judging and socially distanced judging sessions, after the lockdown began just one week into the schedule, said the release adding that this necessitated a swift and comprehensive reinvention of the Great Taste process to ensure that robust judging standards were maintained and the quality of feedback was not compromised, all in time to provide a much-needed boost for food and drink producers during the all-important Christmas period.
Teatulia CEO (UK) Ahsan Akbar said: “We are thrilled that our Jasmine Green tea has won a Great Taste star for a second year.
“We’re especially pleased that our White Tea and Oolong have won 2 stars, which is a real credit to our team at our garden in Bangladesh.”
Every leaf of the tea comes from Teatulia’s 100% organic garden in Tetulia, nestled on Bangladesh’s northern border with India near the foothills of the Himalayas.
All of the teas are grown without pesticides and hand-picked by workers, almost all of whom are female, and they are provided with free education and healthcare, read the release.
Recognized as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is a cake, coffee, kippers, or kombucha being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box, or bottle before being tasted.
The judges then savour, confer, and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1, 2, or 3 star award.
There were 12,777 entries into Great Taste this year and of those products, 205 have been awarded a 3-star, 1,294 received a 2-star and 3,818 were awarded a 1-star accolade, added the release.
The panel of judges this year included; cook, writer, and champion of sustainable food, Melissa Hemsley, cook, writer, stylist, and voice of modern vegetarian cooking, Anna Jones, celebrated Spanish chef, José Pizarro, Kavi Thakrar from Dishoom, food writer and cook, Xanthe Clay, and baker and author, Martha Collison, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, and Waitrose. These esteemed palates have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the Golden Fork Trophy recipients and the Great Taste 2020 Supreme Champion.