Dorset-based, Clipper Teas, has scooped four prizes at the prestigious Great Taste Awards in recognition of the distinctive flavour, colour and balance of its classic black, green and infusion teas.

A blend of the finest teas selected from Kenya, Assam and Ceylon tea, Clipper Gold 80s was given a two-star rating and described as being bright, thick and lively and good with milk.

A star rating was also given to Clipper Skinni Mintie Organic infusion, which was commended for its golden colour, buttery mint aroma and low-calorie offering. And Clipper’s Fairtrade Organic Sleepy Decaf green tea which was celebrated for its clever blend of lavender and camomile.

Furthermore, Clipper’s Fairtrade Everyday 80s was recognised for its bright colour, flavour and briskness. It is one of the brand’s fastest-growing teas, with value sales growing at 6% year-on-year (IRI 52 w/e 24 Jun, 17 vs 52 w/e 25 Jun, 16).

Testament to the flavour of Clipper teas, entries were blind tasted by over 500 judges from all over the world. Out of the total number of products entered, only 35 per cent receive an accreditation – a reflection of the success of the winning brands.

Organised by the Guild of Fine Food, The Great Taste Awards are widely acknowledged as the benchmark for fine food and drink. The judging sessions, took place over 62 days at the Great Taste HQ in Dorset and near London’s Borough Market.

Adele Ward Clipper Teas brand controller at Wessanen UK, comments:

Many brands enter the Great Taste Awards so to be in the 35 per cent of winning entries is a such good achievement. It is testament to the care and attention we pay to sourcing the finest quality leaves in an ethical and sustainable way and the great work of everyone involved from those who pick the leaves to the employees in our factory.

“At Clipper, we pride ourselves on the brilliant flavour and quality of our teas. We have a broad portfolio, including everyday blends, green tea and infusions which are natural, fair and delicious, with nothing artificial added. Our decaffeination process doesn’t use any chemicals and our tea bags are always unbleached.”

Clipper Teas, owned by natural and organic food company Wessanen UK, has been part of the local community in Beaminster, Dorset for over 30 years. The business continues to grow and now exports tea and coffee to countries worldwide including Australia and the USA.

Clipper Teas is underway with a large-scale redevelopment of its Dorset site, which on completion will provide 45 new homes, and increase capacity and capability to further support company growth.