Kannan Devan and Woodbriar excel
The curtain came down on the tenth edition of The Golden Leaf India: Southern Tea Competition on Wednesday with the final tasting session held in Dubai.
According to C. Shreedharan, Competition Convener, the session coincided with the Global Dubai Tea Forum 2014.
The 76 short-listed teas that got through the first and second level of screening held here over the past few weeks were evaluated by a panel of international jury comprising renowned tasters and major buyers, he said. The panellists were Kurush Bharucha, Gulf (FZE); Mike Jones, UK; Mohsin M Saify, Pakistan; Sanjay Sethi, Dubai; and Yahya Beyad, UK.
Pointing out that the competition was keen, he said that Kanan Devan Hills Plantations Company Private Limited and Woodbriar group of companies bagged six awards each.
While Harrisons Malayalam Limited walked away with four awards, Devon Plantations & Industries Limited, Joonktollee Tea and Industries Limited, Kodanad Estate and Vigneshwar Estate Tea Factory won three each. The United Nilgiri Tea Estates Company Limited lifted two awards and Bhavani Tea and Produce Company Limited, Bluegate Beverages (P) Limited, Hittakkal Estate Tea Factory and Poabs Organic Products Private Limited got one award each.
The certificates to the winners were distributed by the jury members in Dubai on Thursday, the concluding day of the Global Dubai Tea Forum.