GIN and tonics produced by a Haworth firm are among the Great Taste winners for 2019.

Produced in Yorkshire by the Haworth Steam Brewing Company, Haworth Gins and Gascoigne’s Tonics and Mixers were major winners.

The firm’s products were awarded four 1-star Great Taste awards, which means judges said their drinks delivered fantastic flavour, and two 2-star Great Taste awards, which means judges dubbed them above and beyond delicious.

Andy Gascoigne, the owner of Haworth Steam Brewery, the producer of a range of small-batch gins, tonics and mixers, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised in these prestigious awards. This was the first time we had entered and we came home with stars for every single drink we put forward. It’s brilliant – and a resounding endorsement of what we are trying to create.

“We believe our combination of gins, tonics and mixers are unbeatable. There are plenty of gin makers around but few, if any, are creating fabulous-tasting mixers to go with them.

“We are also very proud of our Yorkshire heritage, using only natural ingredients. Producers of our own Yorkshire gin, based in Haworth, we are steeped in the tradition of the Brontes and the wild, windswept moors.

“We are now confident that our success in the Great Taste Awards 2019 will add value to our business in terms of credibility, opening doors to new retailers and ultimately increasing sales.

“We will be celebrating long and hard at our Brewhouse Bistro here in Haworth. We have built up a loyal following locally and beyond and we will enjoy sharing our success with our friends and patrons,” he added.

Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.

The coveted two stars were awarded to Gascoigne’s Red Gooseberry Tonic and Gascoigne’s Sour Bramley Apple Mixer; while the one stars were given to Gascoigne’s Blackcurrant and Liquorice Mixer; Gascoigne’s Orange and Grapefruit Tonic; Gascoigne’s Pomegranate Tonic; and Miss Mollie’s Liquorice Blackjack Gin.

Mr Gascoigne first began making the tonics last year in Cleckheaton, but he is hoping to move to new premises where he can bring the brewery, gin distillery and tonic water production all under one roof.

The awards are judged by food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists.

The panel of judges this year included: cook, writer and champion of sustainable food Melissa Hemsley; MasterChef 2018 champion Kenny Tutt; chef and food writer, Gill Meller; food writer and stylist Georgina Hayden; and author and chef Zoe Adjonyoh, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Sourced Market and Partridges.