RIAL CHOCOLTES among 2020 Great Taste winners Great Taste, the world’s most trusted food and drink awards, has announced its 2020 stars. Of the 12,777 products shipped from 106 different countries, RIAL CHOCOLATES, Spain was awarded one star The Great Taste award, meaning the judges rated it as a fantastic delivery food for its Rosa Andaluza Albons, Pinono Albons, Rum Miel Albons and Uva Albons Malvasía Volcánica.
Here are some comments from the judges:
Andalusian rose of Albons:
“Sweet attractions. The almonds are fresh with an excellent crunch. The rose flavor has also been used wisely, adding some nice floral notes to the white chocolate shell.”
“These covered almonds look beautiful with their speckled, stone-like coating. The almonds have been roasted to bring out their rich, nutty flavor and have a wonderful crunch. The caramel adds an extra texture with some crunch and also introduces a lovely bitter note to balance with the smoothness and sweetness of the creamy white chocolate.”
Rum Albons Honey:
“Clean and generous battered almonds. The almonds have kept their crisp freshness that gives it the character of chocolate, contrasting with the softer chocolate wrapper that ‘melts in your mouth’. The honey rum comes through wonderfully and lends a floral finesse to the chocolate, lightening it up. Bitter cocoa powder balances the sweetness of honey and cocoa butter. A delicious sweet treat after dinner.”
Grape Albons Volcanic Malvasia:
“These pale, clean, attractive, sugar-dusted almonds have a fruity, sweet, floral aroma. The almonds are beautifully toasted with a rich, nutty flavor and a satisfying crunch. Chocolate is smooth. sweet and creamy and has an almost saffron flavor with hints of fruit and honeysuckle. A sweet gift! »
Judged by 144 of the most discerning palates, including food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as food writers and journalists, Great Taste is the most coveted of all food and beverage awards. As well as a badge of honor, the distinctive black and gold Great Taste label is an indicator of an exceptional product, discovered through hours and hours of blind tasting.
This year’s winners have been found through a combination of remote judging and socially distanced judging sessions, after the lockdown began just a week into the schedule. This required a rapid and complete reinvention of the Great Taste process to ensure that robust standards of evaluation were maintained and the quality of feedback was not compromised, all in time to provide a much-needed boost for food and beverage producers during the all-important Christmas. period.
Alex Casanella, Sales Manager of RIAL CHOCOLATES explains:
“We are very happy to receive these awards as it is a recognition of our work. We have created completely different product lines to surprise the public and at the same time we thought of presenting it to this contest. These awards will allow us to reach a wider audience and offer our full range of products to customers who are looking for something original, different and innovative.
Personally, in our artisan company I want to congratulate my brother Ricard for the careful and refined elaboration of these products that have opened doors for us at an international level”.
Recognized as a seal of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, regardless of brand and packaging. Whether judging cake, coffee, kippers or kombucha, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. Judges then taste, consult and retaste to decide which products deserve a 1, 2 or 3 star award.
This year there were 12,777 Great Taste entries and of those products, 205 received a 3-star award, 1,294 received a 2-star award and 3,818 received a 1-star award. This year’s judging panel included; cook, writer and advocate for sustainable food, Melissa Hemsley, cook, writer, stylist and voice of modern vegetarian cuisine, Anna Jones, Spanish celebrity chef, José Pizarro, Dishoom’s Kavi Thakrar, writer and food cook, Xanthe Clay, and baker and author, Martha Collison, as well as food shoppers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Waitrose. These esteemed palates have tasted and reassessed the 3-star winners together to finally agree on the winners of the Golden Fork Trophy and the Great Taste 2020 Supreme Champion.
Great Taste 2020 will come to its exciting close at the end of October, when the winners of the Golden Fork Trophy and the 2020 Great Taste Supreme Champion will be announced at the Great Taste Golden Fork virtual awards event.
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