Belfast based Thompson’s Family Teas has won the maximum three stars for its ‘bread and butter’ brand, Punjana, at the prestigious UK Great Taste Awards 2016.
Three stars is the highest achievement a product can win and is normally reserved for exclusive and specialised products rather than an affordable everyday product.
This year the family-owned business amassed a record-breaking total of 23 star awards as another blend, Thompson’s Irish Breakfast tea bags also achieved top honours with the maximum three stars.
Punjana tea bags now stand alone in their category - winning more Great Taste awards than any other blended teabag in the UK and ROI over the past 10 years.
Cousins Ross and David Thompson, who blend all of their company’s teas, have long held a passion for blending.
“I feel that with this latest endorsement, we have come one giant step closer to our ultimate goal of blending the perfect everyday cuppa,” said Ross.
The recently aired television advert, which features Ross and David on their tea journey, finishes with the line, “Punjana is everyday tea, but when the Thompsons make it, everyday is special.”
Other winning tea products include Signature Blend tea bags, Everyday tea bags, decaf tea bags, and even Punjana’s brand leading loose tea which was accredited with two stars.
The Thompson’s recent development into the luxury loose tea sector, serving the growing demand for special tea drinking occasions, was rewarded with a raft of awards for their exotic infusions, including Hedgerow Heaven, Scent of a Rose and Rhubarb Spritzer.
The Great Taste Awards are commonly referred to as the ‘Oscars’ of the food and drink world and are run annually by the Guild of Fine Foods in England. Food and drink entries are blind tasted by up to 40 judges in six different locations across the UK with less than 2% of all entries making it to the hallowed 3 Star status.