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UK Tea Academy Announces 2023 Winners of The Leafies
By Dan Bolton
Winners of The Leafies are celebrating around the world this week following an award ceremony at the Asia House attended by 100 guests, including Tea Biz London correspondent and PMD Tea Managing Director Dananjaya Silva.
This year’s competition attracted 320 teas. Contenders were divided by type, region, and processing into 48 categories. Twenty-five of the award-winning teas were sampled after the award presentation, which included judges, winners, and beverage executives from sponsor Fortnum & Mason.
Twelve judges representing eight nationalities were awarded 13 Gold awards. Several individuals were recognized for special awards, and 36 teas were “highly commended” in citations that praised noteworthy characteristics.
Japanese teas dominated with five gold awards. India won two: Glenburn for its Darjeeling Moonshine and Rujani Tippy Reserve in Assam on the Aideobarie Tea Estate. Lumbini Tea Valley won gold for Sri Lanka, and Zen Zen took home gold for its Formosa Red Oolong tea. A Chinese Ya Shi Xiang submitted by Jantle Group also won gold.
Yame Tea Kumaen’s Gyokuro Saemidori from Fukuoka foo·koo·ow·kuh Japan was the highest-scoring tea of the competition, earning the Fortnum & Mason Best In Show award. The tea will be sold at the company’s showroom. Kazumi Nakatani traveled from Japan to brew and pour the winning tea. Zealong Tea Estate was awarded prizes for its Aged Oolong and Aromatic Oolong. Zealong also received the UK Tea Academy Lifetime Achievement Award for its pioneering tea culture 25 years ago in New Zealand. CEO Gigi Crawford served the tea.
New this year is a category for retailers selling fine tea. Chaki Co in Uji, Kyoto, Japan, won two retail gold awards. The tea venture was founded by tea farmers who are masters of “deconstructing and reassembling” tea. Dorothy’s Teas was named Best Seller of White Tea for its Shannong Estate Silver Needles.
View all the winners at ukteaacademy.co.uk/the-leafies
- Yame Tea Kumaen – Gyokuro Saemidori
- Ocha-no-Kajihara – Koshun Kamairicha Spring 2023
- Jantle Group – Ya Shi Xlang
- Zen Zen Thé – Red Oolong Tea
- Zealong Tea Estate – Aromatic Oolong
- Glenburn Fine Tea – Darjeeling Moonshine
- Rujani Tea – Tippy Reserve
- Lumbini Tea Valley – Sinharaja Wiry Tips
- Kagoshima Horiguchi Seicha/Wakoen – Kakuhori Benifuuki Black Tea
- Furukawa Seicha – Asahi & Ujihikari
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