Press Release from Cornwall!


New coffee spirit Kalkar, ‘raises the bar on coffee liqueurs’ and wins 3 Gold Stars at the Great Taste Awards

The first Cornish rum product to be released from The Cornish Distilling Co. has achieved the highest and most coveted rating from Great Taste Awards.

Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food awards, which celebrates the very best in food and drink, has announced the Great Taste stars of 2017. Out of over 12,300 products to be judged, Kalkar from The Cornish Distilling Co. was awarded a 3-star Great Taste award. The product received sterling feedback from the judges…

“Genuine, aromatic, complex, cold brew coffee flavour, masterfully made into a liqueur. It has no bitterness, lots of character and raises the bar on coffee liqueurs.” 

“A real grown up indulgence, step aside Espresso Martini.”

Having completed a PhD in Bio Chemistry, The Cornish Distilling Co.’s Head Distiller Tom Read set out to create one of Cornwall’s first scratch distilled rums from the distillery based at Norton Barton Artisan Food Village. Kalkar is the first product that will be released in the line of Cornish rums, and Tom is ecstatic to have received such a glowing recognition of the innovation and quality in coffee rum that Kalkar will bring to the market.

‘”A lot of time and effort has gone in to creating Kalkar and I am really proud of our first product to be released. The judges feedback was amazing, and to be told that Kalkar ‘raises the bar on coffee liqueurs’ is a huge compliment. Now we are looking forward to getting Kalkar released and on the shelves for people to enjoy. We shall definitely be opening a bottle to celebrate our Great Taste award!”

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

For immediate release

For more information: Jo Painter, or call +44 (0)796894846201288 321921

Notes for editors:

What is Norton Barton Artisan Food Village?

Norton Barton Artisan Food Village is one of only two Food Enterprise Zones in Cornwall and the first Artisan Food Village in the UK.  Home to award-winning artisan food producers; Cornish Charcuterie, POPTI Cornish Bakehouse, and the Cornish Distilling Co, the Artisan Food Village shows the some of the best in food and drink that Cornwall has to offer. Now open for the Summer as a destination, the produce is available on menu at The Tea Room and in the farm shop. Visitors can also enjoy a woodland walk on the farm’s stunning grounds, as well as chocolate workshops and art gallery featuring talented local artists and makers.

What is Great Taste?

Great Taste is the largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for fine food and drink. Established in 1994, it encourages and mentors artisan food producers, offering a unique benchmarking and product evaluation service leading to an independent accreditation that enables small food and drink businesses to compete against supermarket premium own label brands.      

Since 1994 over 122,300 products have been assessed. This year 12,366 products were blind-tasted by panels of specialists: top chefs, cookery writers, food critics, restaurateurs and fine food retailers.

What are Great Taste judges looking for?

They’re looking for great texture and appearance. They judge the quality of ingredients and how well the maker has put the food or drink together. But above all, they are looking for truly great taste. 



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