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Award-winning Caithness Smokehouse lands coveted three stars

By Matt Leslie

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An example of the smoked trout produced by Caithness Smokehouse. Picture: Richard Faulks
An example of the smoked trout produced by Caithness Smokehouse. Picture: Richard Faulks

Caithness Smokehouse was in hot form at the Great Taste awards after judges gave it three stars for its trout.

Based at Inkstack, between Dunnet and Mey, Caithness Smokehouse has been knocking out a number of acclaimed products ranging from fish and game to its famous smoked butter that is served by a number of top restaurants – including Hide in London's Mayfair.

Run by John Inglis, the Caithness Smokehouse has received a number of one-star and two-star awards over the years.

However, the hot-smoked trout ticked all the boxes for the Great Taste judging panel to land the highly coveted three stars, with one judge remarking that the trout was "extraordinarily tasty".

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as a host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.

As well as a badge of honour, the black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind tasting by hundreds of judges.

Mr Inglis said: "Over the past number of years we have entered the Great Taste award scheme and have been a multi-star winner for various products each year.

"This is the first year we have been awarded a three-star rating with which we are absolutely delighted with.

"When the Great Taste awards are published, chefs throughout the country take note of who has been awarded stars and this has added credibility to our products, opening doors to new retailers, and ultimately increasing sales."

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