Moray craft ales are national star performers

Windswept's star-performing line-up
Windswept’s star-performing line-up

ONE OF MORAY’S independent craft brewers is celebrating after six of their bottled ales were awarded coveted ‘Great Taste’ awards.

Lossiemouth-based Windswept Brewing boss Nigel Tiddy said he was “thrilled” that their Typhoon and Tornado IPAs had been granted 2-star awards, while their Wolf, Blonde, APA and Wolf of Glen Moray ales all received 1-star awards.

Great Taste 2015 awards are judged by over 400 of the most demanding palates of food critics, chefs, cooks, restauranteurs, producers and a host of food writers and journalists, and are widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.

When a product wears a Great Taste label it carries a ‘badge of honour’ – but of greater importance the Great Taste logo is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product judged through blind-tasting of over 10,000 different foods and drinks.

Mr Tiddy, who is Managing Director at Windswept, said: “We are thrilled to have received our Great Taste 2015 awards and particularly so as it endorses the quality and taste experience across our full range of craft ales.

“Having received a number of brewing industry accolades we chose this year to enter Great Taste to strive for a broader stamp of approval from a body recognised as the definitive guide for great tasting food and drink products.

“We will be embracing every opportunity to display our awards and plan to showcase our winning products at a tasting event with Gordon & Macphail at South Street in Elgin as well as other occasions.”

From 10,000 Great Taste entries in 2015 just 130 received 3-star awards, 597 2-star and 2382 were awarded a single star. The judging panel included Masterchef judge Charles Campion, TV presenter and cook Aggie Mackenzie and Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn.