Updated: Nov 18, 2022
The two extra virgin olive oil products to take home a prize are ‘Monte Enta D.O.P’ and ‘Sicilian Lemon’, both grown in the mineral rich soil on the slopes of Europe’s most active volcano, Mount Etna, in Sicily, Italy.
London based, Gianluca Failla and David Williams who founded the company in 2019, started with the ambition to source the finest ingredients from carefully selected artisanal producers across Italy, bringing the best of this rich land to kitchens of the UK. Their range started with a single product but due to popularity has grown to a complete range of volcanic grown olive oils and oregano, hand harvested sea salt and white truffle oil, sold in over 40 boutique gourmet food stores all over London, the UK and USA.
“We are truly delighted that the products we have spent years sourcing, have developed not only a loyal customer base, but have now been recognised by the judges of the Great Taste awards for quality and flavour”.
The judges of the awards said:
“This oil has plenty of character and punch, with length of flavour from the lemon and a peppery finish that ends with a soft butteriness rather than bitterness. A well-balanced product.”
“ It would make fabulous dressing and a very versatile oil in the kitchen.”
“There is a pure golden attractive colour to the EVOO and plenty of rocket, salad and fruity tomato aroma. Initial smooth mouth feel that has a rich buttery finish. The flavour starts creamy and develops with some pleasant bitter notes with touches of tomato and rocket (reflecting the aroma)”
Great Taste is the largest and most trusted food & drink accreditation scheme. It supports and promotes food & drink producers, large and small, giving buyers and food lovers in the UK and overseas reliable recommendations for great tasting food.
Since 1994, more than 150,000 products have been put through this robust judging process. Each one is fastidiously blind-tasted by selected chefs, cooks, buyers, retailers, restaurateurs, food critics and writers.
The judges look for truly great taste, regardless of branding or packaging. They take into account texture, appearance and of course the quality of the ingredients; they will note a good aroma, a decent bite, or a particularly smooth or crunchy texture. But above all else the question remains – does the product taste truly great?.