Taste of the West has announced four finalists – including a brewery, gin distillery, ghee maker and chaider producer – for the Best Newcomer award sponsored by Tracklements. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 14 September.
C rossed Anchor’s amazing session beer C.S.H. is brewed in Exmouth, East Devon. C.S.H stands for ‘Cascade SMASH Hopburst’ and SMASH is an acronym for ‘single malt and single hop’. Hopbursting is the technique of adding hops only in the last few minutes of the boil resulting in a less bitter, but amazing aroma-filled beer.
Organic Golden Tumeric Ghee is hand churned in Devon in small batches using Organic Cultured Butter from the West Country and Organic Turmeric root by a small family micro-business called Happy Butter Ghee. Used in India for millennia as a traditional cooking medium and Ayurvedic preparation, it has a nutty, almost caramel flavour. Ghee has a high smoke point, meaning it can be used at high temperatures. Perfect for everyday frying, roasting and baking.
Sibling Distillery’s Triple Distilled Gin has become renowned for its modern, fresh profile. Subtle notes of fresh citrus and light juniper lead, while distinctive tones of vanilla and blueberry round off some of the sharper fore-flavours and give the gin its characteristic smoothness. Best served with a small slice of orange, a twist of orange peel or blueberries, this is an easy drinking and versatile gin.
Chaider combines two of the finest things in life – Indian Chai spices and Somerset apple juice. It’s produced by a company called Herby4. Whether at home in front of a roaring log fire or summer evenings around a camp fire, a hot chaider provides the perfect non-alcoholic alternative to mulled wine or cider.
Taste of the West is the largest independent regional food group in the UK and promotes local food and drink from the South-West region.