This was our first year entering so we only entered Cox and Russet – They were awarded 1 star each (only 35% of entries got stars this year, so we are very pleased with that!)
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. All products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted and the judges decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award. It’s not about smart packaging or clever marketing – it’s all about taste.
There were 12,366 Great Taste entries this year and of those products, only 35% received stars. 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.
Comment from the judges:
Russet - 1 star
This slightly cloudy golden juice has a distinct and appealing apple-y aroma. In the mouth it is initially sweet and round but it finishes with a delightful tang. A great juice.
Bright, autumnal flavours bursting out with a perfect balance between sweet and tart notes. Complex flavour in a simple presentation. Lovely and the best of English Apples.
Cox - 1 star
This pale slightly cloudy juice has a soft apple aroma and a gentle sweet flavour of Cox apples. We like how the flavour is long lasting and pure.
The distinctive taste of Cox apples - sharp yet sweet.
They say variety is the spice of life and an apple is a versatile thing; you can eat it raw or cooked, sliced or diced, dried or juiced. The ways are limited only by the wild imagination of the chefs and dreamers...
We use only local Kentish apples, pressed in season to avoid long cold-storage. Our In-the-bottle pasteurisation process preserves flavour and particularly aroma. We use no additives except for a tiny amount Vitamin C as an antioxidant and we use minimal packaging - we like to keep everything simple.
Duskin uses apples in single varieties, of which there are well over two thousand. We believe that Kentish apples are the best for juice and we are very lucky to be in the Garden of England and source them locally. We currently produce 9 individual varieties. Just English apple juice in a bottle.