Great Taste Winners 2018
The results are in!!!
The Great Taste Awards are organised by the Guild of Fine Food, being described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world. The judging to find Great Taste award winners takes place from March through to early July with over 500 judges and 12,634 products!
We are delighted to stock over 50 of the winning products at this year’s awards, both instore and online!
What do the Stars mean?
3- Stars: Exquisite
Extraordinary tasty foods – less than 3% of producers are awarded 3 stars each year
Above and beyond delicious – less than 15% of entries will achieve this rating
1-Star: Simply Delicious
A food that delivers fantastic flavour. Approximately 25% of entries will achieve this rating each year.
Ardkeen Quality Food Store are proud to stock so many Irish winners. Check out our online winning products......
Wexford Home Preserve Blackcurrent Jam 2 Stars
Llewellyn's Balsamic Cider Vinegar 2 Stars
Killowen Farm Lemon Curd 2 Stars
The Lismore Food Company Irish Digestive with Atlantic Sea Salt 2 Stars
Flahavan's Irish Porridge Oats 2 Stars
Flahavan's Irish Organic Porridge Oats 2 Stars
Pandora Bell: Honey Nougat with Almonds and Pistachios 2 Stars
Milleens Cheese 2 Stars
Bertha's Revenge Irish Milk Gin 1 Star
Legacy Irish Cider 1 Star
Burren Smoked Irish Wild Mackerel 1 Star
Crowes Meats Dry Cure Streaky Rashers 1 Star
Crowes Meats Dry Cure Back Rahers 1 Star
Pizza da Piero 1 Star
Bean & Goose Milk Chocolate Smoked Irish Sea Salt & Cocoa Nibs 1 Star
Joe's Farm Crisps Carrot, Parsnip & Beetroot Crisps 1 Star
The Happy Pear Sundried Tomato Pesto 1 Star
The Happy Pear Coriander & Cashew Pesto 1 Star
Graham's Mustard Pot Dijon 1 Star
The Lismore Food Company All Butter Irish Shortbread 1 Star
Le Skinny Chef Concentrated Leek & Nettle Soup 1 Star
Ballymaloe Steak Sauce with Irish Stout 1 Star
Longueville House Cider 1 Star
Longueville House Irish Apple Brandy 1 Star
Donegal Rapeseed Oil 1 Star
Móinéir Irish Strawberry Wine 1 Star
Flahavan's Irish Organic Jumbo Porridge Oats 1 Star
The Butcher's Daughter Traditional Hand Linked Irish Pork Sausages 1 Star
Wild About Elderberry & Apple Jelly 1 Star
Wild About Groovy Gooseberry 1 Star
Shines Wild Irish Albacore Tuna in Olive Oil 1 Star
O'Neill's Dry Cured Streaky Rashers 1 Star
Poacher's Premium Clasic Irish Tonic Water 1 Star
Durrus Og 1 Star
Wexford Home Preserves Blackcurrant Jam 400g
Awarded 3 Stars at the Great Taste Awards 2016
Wexford Home Preserves is a small family artisan business, started by Ellen O'Leary in 1988 and now run by the Sinnott family. The Sinnotts make delicious jams, marmalades and savoury preserves in the heart of beautiful County Wexford. "From traditional family recipes, we carefully cook our produce using open pot boiling in small batches, making sure that the quality is always exceptional. We use the finest fresh fruit from local growers as much as possible and add nothing but 100% natural ingredients".
Llewellyn Irish Balsamic Cider Vinegar 250ml
This unique Irish Balsamic Cider Vinegar is made by a natural fermentation process starting with fresh ripe apples. No other ingredients, such as sugar, water, preservatives intrude along the way. The final result is a perfect balance between the tanginess of the vinegar and the sweetness and fruitiness of the apple. It's award-winning flavour makes it a delicious ingredient for any salad dressing, or with olive oil as a wonderful dip for breads. Drizzle it on potatoes, broccoli and roast pork. Use your imagination to enhance the flavour of many other dishes.
Killowen Farm Lemon Curd Creamy Handmade Yogurt 140g
Made with our own cows’ milk
- One Wexford Family Farm
- Source of natural protein
- 100% natural live yogurt
No additives, always natural
The Lismore Food Company An Irish Digestive With Wild Atlantic Sea Salt 150g
In October 2015, The Lismore Food Company’s range of sweet biscuits hit the shelves for the first time. With a family history of 200 years of baking, its founders Beth-Ann Smith and brothers Owen and Ken Madden continue the tradition of blending the finest ingredients with pure Irish butter. The sweet-toothed brothers take great joy in the original range, while Beth-Ann’s taste buds have been tickled with these fabulous new savoury flavours. We really hope you enjoy them!
Flahavan’s Progress Oatlets 1.5kg
Awarded 2 Stars at the Great Taste Awards 2016
Delicious with just milk or water (or a mixture of both) and with your own toppings, you will be enjoying all the creamy wholesome taste you can expect from a Flahavan's breakfast. Oats are a source of wholegrain goodness that are high in fibre and naturally low in sugar, salt and saturated fat. Oats are also a source of protein and iron.
Flahavan’s Porridge Oats Organic 1kg
Awarded 2 Stars at the Great Taste Awards 2016
A bowl of Flahavans is all about taste. Creating that taste starts with sourcing the finest quality oats from the rich rolling farmlands of southeast Ireland. Our mill situated in a small village in Waterford, has been an independant family business for over 200 years. We use milling techniques handed down over generations to create perfect porridge oats. The unspoilt local environment and mild wet climate is ideal for growing the finest oats. At harvest time we take in our new season oats, drying and storing them for the year ahead. Because our ats are less processed, they keep their natuarl wholesome texture and flavour, the result is a warm nourishing bowl of Flahavan's. Certified Organic which in Ireland is subject ti the most stringent regulations and is strictly monitored by the organic Trust Ireland; Cooking Instructions- Cook on the hob(serves 2)- Stir half a cup(80g) into 400 mls of water/milk. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5-7 minutes stirring occasionall, allow to stand for 1 minute before serving; Microwave-Stir 40 g of Flahavans Course Cut oatmeal into 170 mls of water/milk, Microwave on high for 3 minutes, stir and return to microwave to cook for another 1 minute before serving(based on a 900W microwave)
Legacy Irish Craft Cider Medium Dry 500ml
My Grandfather, Willsie Mc Donnell “The Boss” grew apples in the Bride Valley, West Waterford since the 1930s. This inspired his son to research and grow apple trees throughout his life and his grandson (me!) to bring you this cider.
We are a small passionate team dedicated to bringing you the best cider the land can produce. Relax and enjoy with friends, with food or simply on its own.
Legacy Irish Craft Cider is splendidly blended to release a distinctive fruity aroma and bring out its natural sweetness.
J. Crowe & Sons Dry Cure Streaky Rashers 200g
Our Dry Cure Streaky Rashers are cut from bellies that have been cured by hand with our special blend of salt and sugar; they are then matured for one week before being sliced into Rashers. The result is thickly sliced bacon with no shrinkage or residue when cooking, low in salt, perfect for breakfast or as an ingredient in any dish that requires bacon.
J. Crowe & Sons Dry Cure Back Rashers 200g
Our Dry Cure Rashers are cut from backs that have been cured by hand with our special blend of salt and sugar; they are then matured for one week before being sliced into Rashers. The result is thickly sliced bacon with no shrinkage or residue when cooking, low in salt, perfect for breakfast or any meal.
Joe’s Farm Crisps Carrot Parsnip & Beetroot Vegetable Crisps with a sprinkle of Achill Island Sea Sa
Handcooked vegetable crisps, grown and cooked on our farm in east Cork.
Joe's Farm Crisp's ingredients are fully traceable because they are sourced by themselves in Killeagh Co. Cork. They are sown, grown and cooked with a sprinkle of Irish Sea Salt on the farm and give you a delicious, crispy savoury snack.
The Happy Pear Sundried Tomato Pesto 180g
Sundried tomato pesto, this fella has got a rich tomato flavour with an amazing kick. Delicious with pasta, in a sandwich-actually it pairs with almost anything, enjoy
The Happy Pear Coriander & Cashew Pesto 180g
The Happy Pear coriander & cashew pesto is delicious with pasta, epic in a sandwich - actually its gorgeous with almost anything.
Graham’s Mustard Pot Dijon 215g
Our Dijon mustard won a silver medal at the World Mustard Awards. A potent Dijon mustard, it was commended for its kick and subtlety of flavour in the finish. A true Dijon mustard recreated in the same traditional way as the local producers in the Dijon region have done for hundreds of years. A great accompaniment with all sorts of meats and cheeses.
The Lismore Food Company All Butter Irish Shortbread Fine Biscuits 150g
A classic indeed! This is a much loved family recipe from the 1800’s. Our shortbread is delicate and delicious – a true celebration of the wonder that is Irish butter. About Lismore: Did you know that Fred and Adele Astaire were regular visitors to Lismore and often danced their way along the Main Street!
Le Skinny Chef Irish French Fusion Cuisine Leek Nettle Soup Soup 500ml
Concentrated Leek & Nettle Soup
These concentrated soups can serve 3 persons or more !
This soup concept is a base soup Le Skinny Chef have created those so you can make it to your liking ;), simply add milk or water and bring to boil, They are Gluten Free, Dairy Free,Vegetarian ,Vegan and made from local seasonal natural ingredients.
Ballymaloe Steak Sauce with Irish Stout 250g
This delicious sauce is made from all-natural ingredients, including Black Rock Stout from The Dungarvan Brewing Company. It is a very versatile sauce which is excellent with steak or chicken and can also be served with other cold meats.
Ballymaloe Steak Sauce 250g is deliciously indulgent new sauce from the team behind Ballymaloe Relish. Made using Blackrock Irish Stout from the Dungarvan Irish Brewing Company and with a temptingly rich flavour, with notes of coffee, caramel and tarragon, it is going to be your BBQ essential this summer! Enjoy in a steak sandwich or with roast beef or even better- use as a glaze in the final few minutes of cooking a steak or chicken wings!
Longueville House Cider 50cl
100% natural, medium dry artisan cider from our orchards in the Blackwater Valley.
Longueville Artisan Cider is a medium dry cider made on our 500-acre farm in the Blackwater Valley, County Cork. Longueville House (c 1720) has been owned by the O’Callaghan family since the 10th century except for 200 years when they were driven “to Hell or to Connaught” by Oliver Cromwell. Our 100% natural cider is hand-made from Dabinett and Michelin apples and contains no artificial sweeteners, additives, colourings, preservative or sulphites and is coeliac friendly. In Autumn we crush and press our apples on the farm within hours of harvesting. This apple juice is then naturally fermented by the action of a unique natural yeast. The result is a cloudy, natural yeast. The result is a cloudy, medium dry cider, rich in amber colour. It is best drunk well chilled with no ice and is an ideal accompaniment to fish and meat.
Longueville House Irish Apple Brandy 50cl
Longueville House Irish Apple Brandy is produced in limited quantities on the 500-acre farm in the Blackwater Valley, County Cork.
The Apple Brandy is hand made from Dabinet and Michelin apples and contain no artificial sweeteners, additives, colourings or preservatives.
In Autumn, they crush and press their apples on the farm within hours of harvesting. The apple juice is then naturally fermented for four months by the action of a unique natural yeast. The resulting cider is double distilled on site in copper pot stills. It is then matured in French Oak for 4 years. This unique Irish Brandy offers rich aromas of tangy apples and dried apricots with a peppery spice and background of vanilla and butterscotch.
This nose is complimented by a complex taste of baked apple pie, honey and dried fruit with a lingering finish to savour and enjoy!
Donegal Irish Cold Pressed Virgin Rapeseed Oil 500ml
Donegal Rapeseed Oil reflects the character and nature of our carefully selected growers and the unique soil that they have farmed for generations. The soil, the wild Atlantic winds and harsh weather conditions are what makes us diffferent. With no additives or preservatives, our cold pressed rapeseed oil brings the wonderful taste of Donegal straight to our kitchen. Higher burn point - ideal for cooking. Grown and produced locally.
Móinéir Fine Strawberry Wine 2018 75cl
Móinéir wines originate in the fertile meadows of Ireland, where the rich soil and gentle produce the best fruit in the world. Our fine strawberry wine is created from handpicked strawberries, gently pressed, fermented and aged to a golden-red hue. Dancing with the aromas of summer, the taste is complex and tantalising on the palate, with a hint of sweetness giving way to full-bodied flavour that tapers to a crisp finish. Pairing well with many fine Irish foods, this wine is also delicious as an aperitif. From meadow to glass, Móinéir wines are handmade in small batches, here in the Garden of Ireland.
Strawberry Wine of Ireland
Best served chilled at 6-8oC
Flahavan’s Jumbo Organic Oats 1kg
Awarded 2 Stars at the Great Taste Awards 2016
These Organic Oats are delicious with just milk or water (or a mixture of both) and with your own toppings, you will be enjoying all the creamy wholesome taste you can expect from a Flahavan's breakfast. Oats are a source of wholegrain goodness that are high in fibre and naturally low in sugar, salt and saturated fat. Oats are also a source of protein and iron.
The Butcher’s Daughter Traditional Hand Linked Irish Pork Sausages 350g
Made in Cashel Co. Tipperary by Una O’Dwyer.
Wild About Groovy Gooseberry 200g
Originally named for their use in a traditional sauce for roast goose, gooseberries give a beautiful sweet-tart balance to this lightly spiced chutney. A groovy addition to cold meats and hard cheeses or try with roast pork or mackerel…enjoy
Shines Wild Irish Tuna Olive Oil 227g
Shines Wild Irish Tuna in Olive Oil.
This tuna is 100% Irish
High in omega 3 and gluten free.
O’Neills Dry Cured Streaky Rashers 200g
Awarded 2 Stars at the Great Taste Awards 2016
At O'Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co., we know a thing or two about bacon. We know that the tastiest rashers are dry cured by hand in a traditional way which stops them shrinking the pan. Using our unique family recipe, we dry cure our rashers with natural sea salt to enhance the flavour. They contain 30% less salt that the average rasher and as we don't add water, no phosphates are needed. The result, proper rashers that taste and cook like they should.
Poacher’s Citrus Premium Irish Tonic Water 200ml
Citrus Premium Irish Tonic Water
Natural ingredients blended with the finest Quinine and Irish Srpring water
True to their Irish heritage, they do everything with spirit and a measure of chance just as their namesake did. You see the quality of the mineral rich Irish water with which we make our drinks is revered around the world.
Durrus Óg 250g
A farmhouse cheese made in West Cork, Ireland with a mild creamy flavour and full fruity aftertaste