Updated: Dec 16, 2021
Here at Taste, we want to celebrate all things food and drink and promote Scottish produce at its best – what better way than to highlight all that has been achieved this year. Despite the challenges we faced in the last years, Scotland has continued to create and supply wonderful food and drink items from the sea and the land for our larder, our plates and our eyes.
Many of these products have won awards across Scotland and the UK and we here have a small sample of the fantastic achievements Scotland has collected in 2021. Our Scottish products continue to be the best for our tastes, the land and the people behind them. We are proud to showcase and celebrate all that Scotland has won.
Great Taste Awards: The Golden Fork Trophy
The Great Taste Awards are highly acclaimed for the variety of products awarded and the rigorous taste rounds the Judges go through. The highly coveted award is the ‘3-star’ which is given to the best of the best, so consumers know when they buy the products proudly wearing the ‘3-star’ badge, they are about to taste something unique and wonderful.
This year, 13 Scottish products won this high honour. Piggery Smokery based in Aberdeenshire with their back bacon ‘Dark Dubhloch’; Rora Dairy Traditional Greek-Style Yogurt; e Gin Bothy with their beautiful Rum Bothy; Loch Fyne Oysters with their delicate and fresh Morecambe Bay Oysters; Innis and Gunn Brewing Company with their Innis and Gunn – Irish Whiskey Cask in the beer category. The varied categories Scotland won include the Other Sweet Sauces as the Very Lovely Sauce Company achieved 3-stars with their Gingerbread Caramel Sauce; the Fife region was represented by Tayport Distillery with the Scots Pine Gin. The Shortbread House of Edinburgh and Pea Green Boat proved they can do savoury as they won with their Cheese Sablés Fennel and Chilli biscuits; Humes Quality Artisan Foods in Orkney won with their Hot Oak Smoked Organic Orkney Salmon; and finally Chapter 7 Monologue Blended Scotch Whisky from Chapter 7 Whisky.
Three products excelled further as they won the 3-star and were nominated for a prestigious ‘Golden Fork Trophy’. Macleod & Macleod in Stornoway, Western Isles were nominated for their Stornoway Black Pudding; J. Lawrie & Sons based in Mallaig, Highland were nominated for their Jaffy’s Mallaig Kippers; and the Scottish Salmon Company in Edinburgh have been nominated for their Harris and Lewis Smoked Scottish Salmon.
On Sunday 17th October, the Golden Fork Trophy Ceremony was held, and the Golden Fork from Scotland was awarded to J. Lawrie & Sons for their Jaffy Mallaig Kipper. Macleod & Macleod walked away with an award too as they were given the Nigel Barden Heritage Award, which is presented to a producer who uses historic production methods.
Scotland continues to impress as it builds its reputation for excellent food and drink across all products. Congratulations to all those who won at the Great Taste Awards and the Golden Trophy Awards.
Scottish Beer Awards
Scotland has some of the best breweries and independent beer companies, so the Scottish Beer Awards have intense competition. The variety of beers created with different flavours in mind means there is something for everyone and the awards aim to highlight the best that Scotland has to offer that year across all categories.
The 2021 awards were announced on Friday 8th October and many were lucky to win a coveted prize. Cold Town House won Best Beer Bar and the Best Specialty beer was awarded to William Bros Brewing Co. for their Ginger Beer. A fun award was the Best Session Bar which was scooped up by Loch Lomond Brewery for their aptly named Zoom Time Beer.
However Fierce Beer stole everyone’s breath away. They won Gold across six categories which was this year’s biggest sweep of awards including Best Fruit Forward with their Cranachan Killer. Fierce Beer was also able to win the top award of 2021: Scottish Brewery of the Year.
World Championship Scotch Pie Awards
The World Championship Scotch Pie Awards work hard to bring together the best of butchers and bakers to provide the tastiest pies. Launched in 1999 by Alan Stuart, the competition has grown to include other categories such as Macaroni pie, Bridie, Steak pie and a Haggis savoury so all the best that Scotland can offer is showcased for tasting.
The 2021 winner of the Champion of Champions Scotch Pie Awards was James Pirie and Son: a butcher who use local, high quality meats to create each perfect batch. They have won the competition previously in 2020 and 2018 and will no doubt be there again this year.
The finalists of the 2022 World Championship were announced on Wednesday 10th November and you can read all about them here!