There’s no point living and running a business on the most famous whisky producing island in the world if you don’t make good use of so fabulous a resource.
Emma and Ron Goudie’s Old Excise House B&B at Laphroaig on Islay, saw their Taste of Islay Malt Whisky Marmalade win a Double Gold at the 2016 The World’s Original Marmalade Awards at Dalemain.
The Goudies’ organic Seville orange marmalade was made with a generous dram of Lagavulin 16 year old single malt, marking the 200th anniversary of the Lagavulin distillery this year.
The oranges had been brought back in a suitcase from a trip to the mainland, as the Ave Maria Farm organic Seville oranges sold in Waitrose make an excellent marmalade. Guests are already enjoying the golden marmalade on their toast and buying wee jars to take home.
The Artisan Judges at The World’s Original Marmalade Awards scored Emma’s marmalade top marks for its appearance, colour, consistency, aroma and flavour, awarding it a double gold.
This puts her one up om last year’s performance, where she won gold.
The Old Excise House can now proudly carry the award winning roundel on their jars of marmalade.
The Hotel, B&B and restaurant category is for establishments who make their marmalades in their kitchens. The awards assist marmalade enthusiasts to locate the best hotels, B&B’s and restaurants, serving the very best marmalade.
The Old Excise House say they are delighted to win the award and have made some promises in the process: ‘We have a new preserving pan and lots of extra jars to cope with the demand for the award winning preserve’. Come and see us to try some.’
Record entries were received for the 11th anniversary of this annual event, which takes place at Dalemain Mansion near Penrith. Jars of marmalade came from as far afield as South Africa, America, Australia, Korea and Singapore.
So – the Marmalade Awards – what are they all about?
These quirky awards were founded in 2005 by Jane Hasell-McCosh with the initial idea of preserving, growing and widening one of the most British of customs – making marmalade.
They have gone on to generate a following far beyond Jane’s wildest expectations and have humour and a life of their own, inspiring people from all over the world to get involved.
The Awards are centred on Dalemain Mansion; a Georgian stately home lived in by the same family for over 300 years, which also happens to hold a very rich archive of Marmalade recipes.
The Awards & Festival are sponsored by Mackays, Fortnum & Mason, Paddington Bear, Patteson’s Glass [The Old Excise House’s approved suppliers of marmalade jars], and Hudson’s media – all UK owned businesses.
To date the Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival have raised over £200,000 for Hospice at Home. This year the money raised from amateur entry fees will go to Hospice at Home, Action Medical Research and Marie Curie Scotland. All the proceeds from the amateur entry fees go direct to these charities.