Great Taste award - WE STRUCK GOLD – TWICE - Great Taste Awards 2014

On our first time entering Quinlan’s Wild and Organic Smoked Salmon were among the winners of the Great taste awards 2014,.

Both of our entries were awarded 2* Gold Medals! Not just any gold medals, but those with two stars! We are absolutely thrilled to see the reward for our never-ending efforts to maintain and if possible improve the high standard of the quality of our products, and to create new mouth-watering varieties.

The products that won the Great Taste 2010 2* Gold Medals are:

Wild Irish smoked Salmon
Organic Irish Smoked Salmon

Considering that there were over 10,000 entries, and that only 600 products were awarded a 2* Gold Medal, this is definitely no mean feat!  Both of our entries were awarded 2* Gold Medals!
We are absolutely over the moon to see the reward for the hard work by all our staff and the extremely high standard of the quality of our Salmon.

This is hugely exciting and serves as a great testament to the skill and dedication of the entire team and in particular to have Michael Quinlan recognised for his dedication and work since 1960.The judges comments included "Good smoke flavour to this wild salmon", "Very well flavoured salmon, the texture was perfect.", "A beautiful fish with a lovely texture and flavour. It melts in the mouth." and our favourite judge’s comment was "Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!"

Quinlan’s, a family business, have fresh fish Shops in four locations around County Kerry. The philosophy and guiding principle in all the fish shops is to offer the finest fresh fish available. Quinlan’s Fish Shops are supplied by their own fishing trawlers, so our customers are guaranteed to have the freshest fish available.

The different stages of the tastings took a long time, several months even. This does not come as a surprise considering that there were almost 10,000 food products that needed to be tasted and re-tasted. It is the world’s largest and most rigorous food awards scheme involving over 400 judges and thousands of hours of blind tasting.

The clue is in the name – “Great Taste Awards” are simply about taste, not clever branding or smart packaging.  Judges are presented with, for example, a piece of cheese, a pie or a little dish of chutney, with no wrappings, jars or marks. And they taste, confer and re-taste before making the decision on whether a product should be a 1-, 2- or 3-star winner.  In total, more than 12 judges will have tasted and commented on each product.

Out of almost 10,000 products entered into Great Taste 2013, just 125 have been awarded 3-stars.  All 3-star products have been re-judged by a panel including “Masterchef” judge and restaurant critic Charles Champion, food buyers from Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Whole Food Markets as well as Michelin Star chef Russell Brown.

The Great taste Awards are simply The ‘Oscars’ of the Food Industry