West Cumbrian Business Boasts A Brilliant Cuppa After Scooping Up Four Great Taste Awards

A good cuppa is said to make everything better, well it turns out if you want the best you can only find it in West Cumbria.

Y-Tea of the Lake District went and scooped up four awards at the Great Taste Awards – including two stars for the signature Earl Grey.

Thomas Cheung with his award-winning tea. Image by Oliver Hodgson

The Cleator Moor-based company was set up by the tea-crazy young entrepreneur, Thomas Cheung, who said he is ‘delighted’ to have had all four of his entries graced with at least one star. 

He said: “This is the first time we have entered our tea in the Great Taste Awards, and we are delighted that all of our entries have been accredited with one gold star or above.

“These awards are a great way to show the great care we take in sourcing and blending our tea.”

An exquisite tea brand based in Cleator Moor is celebrating after scooping up four awards from this year’s Great Taste Awards.

This year’s awards were judged by 144 of the most discerning palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as food writers and renowned journalists, 

As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to an outstanding product, which has been discovered through hours of blind tasting. 

Y-tea of the Lake District have achieved four awards in total, being among only 10 percent of entrants by receiving two stars for Earl Grey.

The judges commented: “The flavour is full bodied with a delicate balance of bergamot, in complete balance with the mixed estate teas. This is a very clever blend, executed with excellent components.’ 

Thomas’ other award winning teas include his Assam Breakfast Tea, the Chamomile Tea and finally and his Mixed Mint Tea. 

Y-tea was formed in 2018 and it all started with Thomas heading to markets to sell his tea.

Getting customers hooked at Cumbrian markets.

Now the 25-year-old not only boasts to have award winning teas, but his own cafe, also based in Cleator Moor, Deja Brew where customers can sample any of his tea blends or enjoy a coffee, cake and so much more. 

The Great Taste Awards are recognised as a stamp of excellence among both consumers and retailers, Great Taste values the taste of the product above anything else. 

All of the products are removed from their boxes before being tasted, ensuring nothing other than taste is what is being judged. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award. 

The panel of judges this year included; cook, writer and champion of sustainable food, Melissa Hemsley, cook, writer, stylist and voice of modern vegetarian cooking, Anna Jones, Spanish chef, José Pizarro, Kavi Thakrar from Dishoom, food writer and cook, Xanthe Clay, and baker and author, Martha Collison, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Waitrose. 

These esteemed palates have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the Golden Fork Trophy recipients and the Great Taste 2020 Supreme Champion.