A Cornish gin producer has joined the ranks of the world’s top brands after a recent string of awards.

Curio Spirits, of Mullion, is among just a handful of top tier winners at the Great Taste Awards 2017. Dubbed the world’s most coveted food awards, the competition celebrates the very best in food and drink.

Out of over 12,300 products to be judged, Curio Spirits was awarded a 3-star Great Taste award, which means the product was described by judges as exquisite for its Cardamom Vodka.

Judges said of the Cardamom Vodka: “Bright appealing cardamom is immediately prominent on the nose with a green citrus note underneath and rich peppery depth. A silky texture with deep elegant cardamom characters shining through. Well-balanced with gentle pepper and brilliant layers. The initial spice heat dissipates beautifully.”

Curio Spirits also received a 1-star Great Taste award for their Rock Samphire Gin, which means judges dubbed it simply delicious in the recent awards.

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs 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.

Curio director Rubina Tyler-Street said: “This is the first year we have entered the Great Taste Awards and we are extremely thrilled to have received the highest star rating for our Cardamom Vodka.”

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. Whether it is gin, biscuits, sausages or coffee 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.

The panel of judges included; chef, food writer and author, Gill Meller, MasterChef judge and restaurant critic, Charles Campion, author and chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, baker, Tom Herbert, and food writer and baking columnist Martha Collison as well as food buyers from Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, and Harvey Nichols. These esteemed palates have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the 2017 Top 50 Foods, the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the 2017 Supreme Champion.

It’s been quite a year for the new Cornish spirits company, having scooped two awards in the International Wine and Spirits Competition with a gold for Tyler-Street Gin and a silver for Curio Rock Samphire Gin Silver. In the 2017 Gin Masters Awards, Curio Rock Samphire Gin received a gold while the same accolade was also awarded to Tyler-Street Gin.

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