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Ireland Full of Stars at the Great Taste Award 2017

Ireland Full of Stars at the Great Taste Award 2017
Ireland Full of Stars at the Great Taste Award 2017

The Great Taste Awards are organised by the Guild of Fine Food. Being described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world, the process to find Great Taste award winners takes several months across Ireland and the UK to complete. 

With a judging panel of over 500 of the nation’s most discerning palates belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restauranteurs, producers and a host of food writers and journalists - branding and packaging is removed prior to tasting. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award. To receive a 3-star rating, every judge at each judging session, has to unanimously agree that the product has achieved absolute perfection by delivering exceptional quality and taste.

A total of 12,366 products have been entered into the 2017 awards with only 165 foods achieving the highest and most coveted rating- three stars. 1011 foods scored 2 stars while 3171 were awarded 1 star - only 35% of entries were accredited.

Here at Ardkeen Quality Food Stores we are delighted so many of our producers won at this year’s awards - we stock over 60 of the 2017 award winning products. They deserve recognition for their high quality. 

Quite simply the Great Taste logo is a sign you can trust when buying food and drink online or at your local, quality retailer.

  • Bertha’s Revenge Small Batch Irish Milk Gin 70cl

    Bertha’s Revenge Small Batch Irish Milk Gin 70cl

    Bertha, a legendary Droimeann cow from Sneem, Co. Kerry died in 1993. At 48 years of age she became the world’s oldest cow, having given birth to an eye-bulging 39 calves over her lifetime. To immortalise her memory, we have brought her back in spirit – literally! Using whey alcohol from Irish dairy farmers, our own natural spring water and incorporating an interesting mix of locally foraged and grown botanicals we have hand-crafted a gin reflecting Bertha in her prime. A fragrant nose, soft mouth feel and warming, spicy middle notes to mirror her maternal core. And a long, fruit-driven finish to celebrate her longevity.

    Ballyvolane literally translates from Gaelic as ‘the place of springing heifers’ – a testament to the fertility and natural diversity of the land on which the estate lies. The much lauded Ballyvolane House practises a field to fork philosophy when it comes to food. The Ballyvolane House Spirits Company is determined to echo this by championing a grass to glass approach for everything we bottle. 

    €44.99

  • O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co Dry Cured Rashers 300g

    O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co Dry Cured Rashers 300g

    Awarded 2 Stars at the Great Taste Awards 2016 & 2017

    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 Irish pork with natural sea salt to enhance the flavour. Our rashers 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.

    €3.99

  • Flahavan’s Irish Oaty Flapjacks Cranberry & Orange 6X40g

    Flahavan’s Irish Oaty Flapjacks Cranberry & Orange 6X40g

    • Made with wholegrain oats
    • Source of fibre

    Delicious wholesome oaty snacks with cranberries & orange. 

    Our delicious flapjacks are baked to perfection following Mary Flahavan's recipe. We bake these beside our mill in Kilmacthomas, where our family have been milling oats for over 230 years. We source the finest quality Irish oats from local growers resulting in a delicious crunchy oaty snack that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. 

    €3.75

  • Flahavan’s Original Granola 450g

    Flahavan’s Original Granola 450g

    A deliciously tasty granola with dried fruits, nuts, seeds and our finest Irish Flahavan's oats with a blend of sugar and honey and the toasted to perfection. Can be eaten as a cereal, snack, or as a topping on yoghurt or ice cream

    €4.60

  • HOLO Organic Kombucha Sparkling 330ml

    HOLO Organic Kombucha Sparkling 330ml

    • Unfiltered
    • Raw
    • Vegan
    • Unpasteurised

    Kombucha is a fermented tea with a long history, of which we are but a small part. Bits in your buch? Hooay! That’s cause it’s unfiltered and unpasteurised.

    Handcrafted by the Hyde twins.

    HOLO stands for HOListic Organics. We believe we are the result of what we eat, drink and think. We believe in full lives, family, friends, strong communities and endless love. Free yourself!

    €2.95

  • Java Republic Rooibos & Caramel Herbal Tea 45g

    Java Republic Rooibos & Caramel Herbal Tea 45g

    Rooibos & Caramel
    Organic flavoured herbal infusion
    15 Hand-stitched silken tea pillows

    €6.49

  • Keogh’s Atlantic Sea Salt & Irish Cider Vinegar 125g

    Keogh’s Atlantic Sea Salt & Irish Cider Vinegar 125g

    Awarded 1 Star at the Great Taste Awards 2016

    The Keogh family believe that good things come from mother nature and that is why we have been working the land growing delicious Irish potatoes for over 200 years. We are now hand cooking Irelands finest crisps in small batches on our farm, ‘from crop to crop’, drown and cooked with love in Ireland

    €2.70

  • Keoghs Just a pinch of Irish Atlantic Sea Salt 125g

    Keoghs Just a pinch of Irish Atlantic Sea Salt 125g

    Just a pinch of salt.

    The Keogh family believe that good things come from mother nature and that is why we have been working the land growing delicious Irish potatoes for over 200 years. We are now hand cooking Irelands finest crisps in small batches on our farm, ‘from crop to crop’, drown and cooked with love in Ireland

    €2.70

  • Lisduff Black Pudding Slices 200g

    Lisduff Black Pudding Slices 200g

    100% Irish hand crafted black pudding

    €3.00

  • Wild About Marrowmalade 200g

    Wild About Marrowmalade 200g

    An old style delicious marmalade, made with lovely marrows and lemons, with a taste of citrus and ginger. Try it for breakfast on hot buttered toast …enjoy

    €4.50

  • Naturally Cordial Lemon & Lime Cordial 500ml

    Naturally Cordial Lemon & Lime Cordial 500ml

    Naturally Cordial is made from whole fruit to a traditional recipe and then pasteurised. Based in Co. Wexford, we use local fruit from our neighbours and friends, along with organic citrus fruit, to make our original cordials.

    Dilute to taste by adding still or sparkling water. We suggest using 50ml of cordial with 200ml of water. Try adding mint, ginger or slices of fresh fruit and pour over ice. In winter, add cloves, star anise or other spices and drink hot. 

    €6.00

  • Naturally Cordial Wexford Blackcurrant Cordial 500ml

    Naturally Cordial Wexford Blackcurrant Cordial 500ml

    Naturally Cordial is made from whole fruit to a traditional recipe and then pasteurised. Based in Co. Wexford, we use local fruit from our neighbours and friends, along with organic citrus fruit, to make our original cordials.

    Dilute to taste by adding still or sparkling water. We suggest using 50ml of cordial with 200ml of water. Try adding mint, ginger or slices of fresh fruit and pour over ice. In winter, add cloves, star anise or other spices and drink hot. 

    €6.00

  • Nutmost Activated Nuts Tamari Flavoured Almonds 50g

    Nutmost Activated Nuts Tamari Flavoured Almonds 50g

    • Optimum Nutritional Value
    • Smoother Tasting
    • Easier to Digest

    A natural savoury seasoning. 

    In nature, normal nuts contain enzyme inhibitors which can make them bitter and difficult to digest. At Nutmost, we soak our nuts to wash these away and bring them to the brink of germination. 

    Once the goodness within is activated, we dry them slow and low (temperature, not height) to preserve the maximum nutrients and give them a nice crunchy bite!

    €3.25

  • Nutmost Activated Nuts Maple Flavoured Walnuts 50g

    Nutmost Activated Nuts Maple Flavoured Walnuts 50g

    • Optimum Nutritional Value
    • Smoother Tasting
    • Easier to Digest

    Nature's natural flavour. 

    In nature, normal nuts contain enzyme inhibitors which can make them bitter and difficult to digest. At Nutmost, we soak our nuts to wash these away and bring them to the brink of germination. 

    Once the goodness within is activated, we dry them slow and low (temperature, not height) to preserve the maximum nutrients and give them a nice crunchy bite!

    €3.25

  • Pandora Bell Real Fruit Jellies With 70 % Fruit Pulp 150g

    Pandora Bell Real Fruit Jellies With 70 % Fruit Pulp 150g

    Pandora Bell is from the West of Ireland. From here we imagine our gourmet confections. Our fruit Jellies are made with 70 % pure fruit. Gorgeously simple, the taste of fresh fruit bursts from every square.

    €4.75

  • Wild About Rockin Rosehip 200g

    Wild About Rockin Rosehip 200g

    Rich in Vitamin C, A, B1, B2, B3 and Vitamin K. This versatile jelly is great on toast or with a cheeseboard. It can be served with pancakes, ice cream or rice pudding. Also great as a long drink served over ice with soda, or as a warming drink made up with hot water to keep the colds away... Enjoy!

    €4.95

  • Sheridan’s Irish Brown Bread Crackers 140g

    Sheridan’s Irish Brown Bread Crackers 140g

    Sheridan's Cheesemongers have been selling cheese and farmhouse foods in Ireland since 1995. Their Brown-Bread crackers are handmade in West Cork.They were created by Sheridans and are made by Jane and Richard at Cookies of Character. The crackers contain Flour that is stoneground at Macroom Oatmeal Mills, Butter from Bandon Co-op and buttermilk produced by the Cronin family from Belgooly; all in Co Cork. Simply delicious with a wide variety of cheeses from our Cheese Counter!

    €3.05

  • Sheridan’s Irish Rye and linseed Crakers 140g

    Sheridan’s Irish Rye and linseed Crakers 140g

    Sheridan's Cheesemongers have been selling cheese and farmhouse foods in Ireland since 1995. Sheridan's Rye & Linseed crackers are handmade in West Cork. Ingredients include Rye Flour, stoneground at Macroom Oatmeal Mills in Co Cork, and unbleached wheat flour, with brown linseeds baked into the mix. Simply delicious with a wide variety of cheeses from our Cheese Counter!

    €3.05

  • Wexford Home Preserves No Added Sugar Wexford Blackcurrant Jam 260g

    Wexford Home Preserves No Added Sugar Wexford Blackcurrant Jam 260g

    No Added Sugar

    Wexford Blackcurrant Jam - Handmade in Wexford from 100% fruit
    Winner in Great Taste Awards 2017

    €3.29

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