The Great Taste Golden Fork for the best food or drink from Ireland was presented to Longueville House Beverages from Co Cork for its Longueville Mór Cider, at the grand finale last Sunday of the 2019 awards for which 12,772 products from around the world were judged.
Judges said the cider from Longueville House Beverages, Mallow, Co. Cork, is a “perfectly balanced” 8% ABV cider made using Dabinett and Michelin apples from the cider maker’s own orchards, and it is the only brandy cask fermented cider currently produced in Ireland.
With an “amazing aroma of sweet apples on the nose, followed by a fresh and crisp taste with depth and a clean finish”, the Longueville Mór Cider impressed at every stage of the blind-tasted judging process.
William O’Callaghan, Longueville House Beverages, accepted the prestigious award at the Great Taste Golden Fork Dinner at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel, London, where over 350 guests from the world of fine food gathered to discover this year’s stars of food and drink.
The 2019 Great Taste Supreme Champion is Nocciola Gelato ice cream, produced by the Swoon Gelato company.
Also nominated for the 2019 Golden Fork from Ireland (sponsored by Bord Bia) was Specially Selected Irish Free-Range Whole Goose from Aldi Stores Ireland (supplied by Skeaghanore Farm, Ballydehob, Co Cork) and Star Anise Balsamic Vinegar by Wildwood Vinegars in Co Mayo.
The Great Taste Awards GoldenFork from Northern Ireland (sponsored by InvestNI) went to Kreme de la Kremlin Barrel Aged stout, produced by Whitewater Brewing Co, Castlewellan, Co Down.