Rosebud Preserves is celebrating after its Damson Fruit Cheese won a three-star Gold at the 2021 Great Taste Awards, the highest award that the judges can give a product.
The awards judged over 14,113 products from 108 countries, of which only 218 products (1.5% of the total products entered) were awarded the prestigious three-star Gold Award for being ‘extraordinarily tasty’ products.
Elspeth Biltoft, founder and managing director of Rosebud Preserves, which is based in Masham, North Yorkshire, says: “We are absolutely delighted to win a prestigious three-star Gold, Great Taste Award for our Damson Fruit Cheese. As a relatively new addition to our catalogue, this preserve was made from the fruit of a single orchard in the Lyth Valley, Cumbria. We were really pleased with its deep Damson plum colour, bright intense flavour and silken texture and so glad the judges endorsed our choice.
“We very much hope our customers agree with the judges’ comments that it would make a fabulous addition to any cheeseboard, especially alongside a buttery, firm, brie-style cheese and we are thrilled with this endorsement.”
All the entries at the awards were blind taste tested by food critics, chefs, restaurateurs, retail buyers, cooks, producers and a host of food writers, journalists and social media influencers
All the three star award-winning products will be re-judged to find this year’s regional Golden Fork Trophy winners and the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2021. These final results will be announced at the Great Taste Golden Fork Reception on Sunday 17th Octobe, at the Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate.
Rosebud Preserves has been making its jams, marmalades, chutneys and jellies at Masham, North Yorkshire, since 1989. The company was started by Elspeth Biltoft and her founding principles, to source local produce whenever possible; to cook traditional recipes; and practice time honoured techniques, without the use of additives, preservatives or pectin; remain the same today.
Judges at the awards made the following comments about the Damson Fruit Cheese:
“Beautifully balanced sweetness and tartness – it is vibrant and sings in the mouth. Such a delicious tang.”
“The natural flavour of the fruit has been allowed to shine bright. Masterful.”
“Characterful hedgerow flavours…unctuous and juicy with honest and natural Autumn notes.”