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North American Tea Conference - Gold Medal Tea Competition - Winners From 10 Countries

Monday, October 24th 2016 @ 12:23 PM

The world’s only tea competition sponsored by the North American tea industry was recently held during the 7th annual North American Tea Conference in Niagara Falls, Canada. With more than 70 high quality teas examined from 10 producing countries, the competition was fierce. The tasting panel, consisting of six judges whose combined total of  tasting and buying experience is well over 150 years, sipped, slurped and savored a variety of excellent teas. 

When it was all said and done, they selected their winners and were  pleased to announce the overall winner, a Green Tea from Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. This tea was a stellar example of the flavor, color and aroma of teas from the largest producing region in Japan. Special congratulations go to JA Shizuoka Keizairen Co. Ltd. for producing this wonderful  winning tea.

Endorsed and credentialed by the Tea Association of the U.S.A, Inc., the Tea Council of the U.S.A. and the Specialty Tea Institute, along with the Tea Association of Canada and the Tea Council of Canada, this competition saw some of the finest teas produced in the world today on display. The teas were judged on the following characteristics, leaf make: the dry leaf style and quality as a depiction of the grade; infused leaf: brightness (where appropriate), evenness and aroma; and, liquor: flavor, appropriate mouthfeel and balance.


The competition was divided by country, with many different styles of tea represented. Here is the list of producing country winners:

Overall Winner

JA Shizuoka Keizairen
Region: Shizuoka Prefecture
Grade: Green Tea, Juichihitoe
Country: Japan

ARGENTINA

1st Place: Don Basilio SRL
Estate: Campos de Te’
Grade: Green Loose Leaf

2nd Place: Don Basilio SRL
Estate: Campos de Te’
Grade: Black Tea, FBOP

CHINA

1st Place: Fujian Chunlun Tea Group Co., Ltd
Estate: Fujian Chunlun Tea Group Co., Ltd
Grade: Green Tea, Super

2nd Place: TeaVivre
Estate: Mt. Taimu of Fujian Province
Grade: Superfine Superfine Jasmine Downy Dragon Pearls Green Tea

INDIA

1st Place: Ambootia
Estate: Ambootia
Grade: Black Tea, Golden Pekoe, SFTGFOP1

2nd Place: McLeod Russel India Ltd.
Estate: Keyhung Tea Estate
Grade: Black Tea, GFBOP

JAPAN

1st Place: JA- Shizuoka Keizairen
Estate: Shizuoka
Grade: Green Tea, Juichihitoe

2nd Place: Kagoshima Seicha Co., Ltd.
Estate: Kirishima
Grade: Premium Organic Japanese Green Tea

KENYA

1st Place: Tea Board of Kenya
Estate: Kangaita
Grade: White Tea, White Silvery Tips

2nd Place: Tea Board of Kenya
Estate: Kangaita
Grade: Black Tea, Black Orthodox-OP1

MALAWI

1st Place: Satemwa Tea Estates Ltd
Estate: Satemwa Tea Estates
Grade: Oolong Tea, #315 Father Zambezi’s Mission

2nd Place: Eastern Produce Malawi Ltd (EPM)
Estate: Esperanza Tea Estate
Grade: Black Tea, CTC- PD Superior Cultivar

RWANDA

1st Place: Sorwathe Ltd.
Estate: Rukeri
Grade: Black Tea, OP

2nd Place: Gisovu Tea Co Ltd
Estate: Gisovu Tea Estate
Grade: Black Tea, PF1

SRI LANKA

1st Place: Lumbini Tea Factory
Estate: Lumbini
Grade: Black Tea, FBOPF Extra Special

2nd Place: Finlay Ingredients & Extracts USA
Estate: Adawatte
Grade: Black Tea, BOP1

TAIWAN

1st Place: Tai Shiang Tea Co, Ltd
Estate: Tai Shiang
Grade: Oolong Tea, Formosa Wen Shan (Pouchong Tea)

2nd Place: Tai Shiang Tea Co, Ltd
Estate: Tai Shiang
Grade: Tung Ting Oolong (Four Season)

VIETNAM

1st Place: Future Generation Vinh Phuc Co. Ltd
Estate: Phu Tho factory, Hung An factory
Grade: Jasmine Green “COZY”

2nd Place: Ha Thai JSC
Estate: Ha Thai Factory, Nuiphao, Thai Nguyen
Grade: Green Tea, Extra Special

 

~ Peter Goggi, President, Tea Association of the USA

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PETER GOGGI is president of the Tea Association of the USA. Peter joined the Tea Association of the USA following a 32 year career with Unilever.  Peter was the first American born tea taster in the history of Lipton/Unilever and the President of Royal Estates Tea Co., division of Lipton, and served 30 of his 32 years with Unilever directly associated with the Lipton Tea business.  He retired as Commodities Procurement Director – Americas.  Since joining the Tea Association, he has taught the Specialty Tea Institute’s Levels One and Two Foundation Courses as well as accompanying STI members on trips to origin.

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