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Scottish Salmon Company named Great Taste 2020 winner

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC), a leading producer of the finest quality Scottish Salmon, has won a Great Taste award for its Native Hebridean Smoked Salmon.


Native Hebridean Smoked Salmon has secured a 1-Star Great Taste award, with judges commending its quality, finish and flavour. Recognised as a badge of excellence, the Great Taste label is awarded to outstanding products following a blind tasting by experts in the food and drink industry.

Under development for over a decade and unique to SSC, Native Hebridean salmon is raised in the cool clear waters of the Hebrides. This distinctive blend of environment and heritage creates a very special strain of salmon. Fresh fillets are hand cured in the Hebrides, using a traditional island recipe, and smoked in pebble lined kilns using wood shavings from aged Scotch whisky barrels to create Native Hebridean Smoked Salmon. The unique smoking process has been specifically designed to minimise water usage, reducing environmental impact to ensure a sustainable product with a minimum carbon footprint.

Naturally rich in Omega 3 and sea minerals, each Native Hebridean Salmon is carefully selected for quality and raised on a premium diet for healthy growth in their native environment under Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), in recognition of sustainable and responsible production.

The Great Taste awards are judged by a panel of 144 food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as food writers and journalists, each chosen for their discerning palate. This year’s winners were selected through a combination of remote judging and socially distanced judging sessions, after the lockdown began just one week into the schedule.

Su Cox, Director at The Scottish Salmon Company said: “We’re delighted that our Native Hebridean Smoked Salmon has been awarded a Great Taste award. Native Hebridean Salmon is a truly unique native strain of Scottish salmon, descended from stock originally sourced from the freshwater lochs of North Uist and reared exclusively in the Hebrides by The Scottish Salmon Company. To have been awarded a coveted Great Taste award is a real recognition of the quality of this fantastic product.”

SSC will shortly launch an online shop where consumers will be able to buy Native Hebridean Smoked Scottish Salmon.