Thompson’s Family Teas has enjoyed record-breaking success at the Great Taste Awards this year. Punjana, Northern Ireland’s favourite tea, has stretched its award-winning run to 10 years, a feat achieved by no other blended tea in this all-important category.
The news comes as the Guild of Fine Food, acknowledged as the benchmark for fine food and drink in the UK, has released its Great Taste Award winners 2017.
Thompsons Family teas which are today still blended by cousins, Ross and David Thompson, at their state of the art tea blending facility in Belfast have picked up over 100 awards over the past ten years. Each blend is taste tested by a Thompson to ensure that it meets the standards of quality which have been part of the Thompson Family’s passion for over 120 years.
Ross Thompson, said: ‘To win a Great Taste Award is one thing but for Punjana to win every year for the past ten is something really special and is acknowledgement of our passion for producing the highest quality teas in the world. Only the best leaves, which are highly prized and command a greater price, find their way into Thompson’s blends, even our everyday Punjana blend.
As a family we remain focused on sourcing the highest quality tea leaves, and simply can’t be persuaded to do it any other way.’
Punjana was born and blended in Belfast in 1896 and started its journey when founder Robert S Thompson trained in the art of tea tasting and quickly became known for his uncompromising devotion to quality.
Today, the business continues under the leadership of 3rd generation Thompsons, who share in its founder’s passion for selecting only the best quality and select teas from the very finest gardens in Assam, Kenya and beyond.
Recently Punjana was once again crowned Northern Ireland’s favourite product in The People’s Choice Award as voted by the public at this year’s prestigious Northern Ireland Food & Drink Awards.
Thompson’s range of exotic loose teas have been chosen to be served in some of Northern Ireland’s most iconic locations including the Titanic Ballroom, National Trust properties and Hastings luxury hotels.