Smoked Black Pudding reigns supreme at Great Taste Awards
Published:  05 September, 2017

For the third consecutive year, a meat product was named the Supreme Champion at the Great Taste Awards.

Of the 12,366 products entered into the awards, a Smoked Black Pudding from Hugh Maguire of Meath in Ireland came out on top.

Over 350 guests from the industry gathered last night, Monday 4 September, at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel to hear the winner announced.

The winning black pudding is made from fresh pig’s blood, contains no artificial preservatives and is smoked over beechwood chippings for 45 minutes. It was praised by the judges for its “gentle pepper warmth, saliva-inducing aroma and careful use of smoke, which whooshes across the tongue and works in perfect harmony”.

The Smoked Black Pudding is a new product, created by first-generation Hugh Maguire, who started his business in 1991. He was inspired to create the product from his European travels, which prompted him to install a smokehouse at his butcher’s shop on his return.

“This Smoked Black Pudding really does encapsulate what Great Taste is all about; a simple, rather humble product made using good honest ingredients, with a dash of innovation and a well-measured twist thrown in to excite the palate,” commented John Farrand, managing director of the Guild of Fine Food.

The Supreme Champion was one of over 100 smoked products that picked up Great Taste Awards, reflecting a trend towards fire-infused products. Among other firms and products that won with their smoked products were: Macneil’s Smokehouse from Droitwich, which won a Great Taste Golden Fork for the best food or drink in the Midlands with its “moist, juicy and sweet” Smoked Mackerel, while Inverawe Smokehouses from Taynuilt was presented with a Great Taste Golden Fork for the best food or drink from Scotland for its “stand out” Smoked Trout.

Farrand added: “We have seen many smoked products achieve outstanding Great Taste results this year, aside from those going home with Golden Forks, which reflects a wider movement among producers who are embracing this nostalgic way of preserving and cooking to create truly exceptional food.”

Also representing the meat industry for the night and Golden Fork winners were:

Charcuterie Product of the Year – Sponsored by Fine Food Digest:
Ispini Charcuterie for Rosemary & Thyme Bresaola

Golden Fork from Northern Ireland – Sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland:
Hannan Meats for Sweet Cured Bacon Rack

Farm Shop of the Year: The Gog Farm Shop

The Great Taste Awards 2017 at a glance:
•    A record 12,366 different products entered this year’s competition
•    Over 500 judges blind-tested each product
•    3,171 products were awarded 1-star
•    1,011 products were awarded 2-star
•    165 were awarded 3-star