Suki Tea is a 'five gold stars' cuppa according to judges
A Belfast tea maker is celebrating after four of their teas wowed this year's Great Taste Awards.
The four teas by Suki Tea were awarded a total of five gold stars in the awards; the world's largest, most rigorous food awards involving 400 judges and thousands of hours of blind tasting.
Suki's Ayurvedic Stress Free Tea, a caffeine-free liquorice infusion, was awarded two stars and praised by judges for being 'well blended' with 'big, well-rounded, genuine sweetness at the front'.
Green Luponde, Wellness Green Tea Ginseng, and Organic Rooibos each received one star with comments including 'good flavours', 'well balanced and distinctive' and 'good strong amber colour' respectively.
Oscar Woolley, co-director at Suki Tea, said: "Great Taste is such a widely trusted award so having this 'stamp of approval' on our blends always adds great value to the business, grabbing the attention of potential buyers across the country and beyond."
Mr Woolley and fellow director Annie Rooney also judged Irish food entries in this year's awards. Ms Rooney said: "It was a wonderful experience in itself and a real eye-opener into the strict processes involved and the multiple confirmations of approval that are required by industry experts before achieving these awards." The pair set up Suki Tea in 2005 after travels in Asia inspired them to produce ethically-sourced high quality loose leaf tea.
Still hand-packing tea in Belfast and with a close knit team of 11, over the years they have won over 25 Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Stars. The tea has been served up across the world for some years.