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Enter The 2021
Golden Leaf Awards

Welcome to the 2021 Annual Golden Leaf Awards, This competition offers you an incredible opportunity to get your unique and beautiful teas out into the Australasian marketplace, and recognised Globally

The artwork is based on this years Featured Country Award: Sri Lanka

Australia’s premier tea awards event

The Golden Leaf Awards are Australia’s premier tea awards event. These awards focus on Australasia, however we also welcome participation from the global tea industry (however submitted teas must be commercially available within Australia). 

Winning participants will receive a formal response by mail which confirms their score. Winners will also be provided with a print-ready seal to be used for all promotional materials and packaging.

Entry requirements

  • A 25 gram sample of the tea(s) being entered and/or any other entry materials required by your category
  • The barcode entrants were emailed needs to be securely stuck onto the tea packaging.

Entries sent in an open pouch, or pouches that open easily and result in tea falling out of the packaging will be disqualified upon receipt. Any entry packaging that indicates the name of the company that the tea is from will also be disqualified.

Barcode information must match what is noted on all entry forms, i.e. tea name and type. Competition coordinators will not assume entrants meant to send a different sample.

View and download a copy of our Rules and Regulations here.

The closing date for entries has been extended to the 7th of December 2021. All Golden Leaf Awards materials for ALL categories must be received by the 7th of December 2021. This includes postage time. 

Matcha Tea Award

This award category is specifically for matcha teas. Matcha teas: Are in the form of green tea powder Often carry grassy notes and notes of seaweed.

Matcha Tea M001 – Commercial Grade
$65.00
Matcha Tea M002 – Ceremonial Grade
$65.00
Matcha Tea M003 – Matcha Blend
$65.00

Black Tea Award

This award category is specifically for black teas. Black teas are characterised by:
A distinctively black appearance, Full oxidisation and A full body.

Black Tea B011: Single Origin
$65.00
Black Tea B001: Blended (non-flavoured)
$65.00
Black Tea B002: Flavoured (not Earl Grey)
$65.00
Black Tea B003: Natural Blend
$65.00
Black Tea B004: Tea Bag Blend (non-flavoured)
$65.00
Black Tea B005: Tea Bag Blend (flavoured)
$65.00
Black Tea B006: Earl Grey
$65.00
Black Tea B007: Darjeeling
$65.00
Black Tea B008: Ceylon
$65.00
Black Tea B009: Australasia (PNG, Indonesia, New Zealand)
$65.00
Black Tea B010: Best Australian Black Tea (origin: Australia)
$65.00

Best Tea House Award

This award category is specifically for tea houses. If you own a tea house, compete in your state category for the name Best Tea House.

Best Tea House BTH001 – Victoria
$65.00
Best Tea House BTH002 – NSW (& ACT)
$65.00
Best Tea House BTH003 – Queensland
$65.00
Best Tea House BTH004 – Tasmania
$65.00
Best Tea House BTH005 – Northern Territory
$65.00
Best Tea House BTH006 – South Australia
$65.00
Best Tea House BTH007 – Western Australia
$65.00

Herbal Tea Award

This award category is specifically for herbal teas (tisanes). Herbal teas are characterised by: No inclusion of the plant camellia sinensis (tea) A variety of different herbs, spices, fruits, etc.

Herbal HB001 – Loose Blend
$65.00
Herbal HB002 – Tea Bag Blend
$65.00
Herbal HB003 – Fruit Infusion
$65.00
Herbal HB004 – Rooibos Blend
$65.00
Herbal HB005 – Functional/Wellness Blend
$65.00

Oolong Tea Award

This award category is specifically for oolong teas. Oolong teas are characterised by: A wide range of appearances that vary from green to very dark brown, Partial oxidisation – anywhere between 30 – 70% oxidised. A wide variety of deep flavours and tastes.

Oolong Tea OG001 – Light
$65.00
Oolong Tea OG002 – Dark
$65.00
Oolong Tea OG003 – Oriental Beauty
$65.00
Oolong Tea OG004 – Wuyi Rock
$65.00
Oolong Tea OG005 – Natural Blend
$65.00
Oolong Tea OG006 – Flavoured Blend
$65.00

Green Tea Award

This award category is specifically for green teas. Green teas are characterised by: A distinctively green appearance, No intentional oxidisation and a light taste.

Green Tea GR001 – Japan (excl. Matcha)
$65.00
Green Tea GR002 – Single Origin Korea
$65.00
Green Tea GR003 – Single Origin China
$65.00
Green Tea GR004 – Worldwide
$65.00
Green Tea GR005 – Natural Blend
$65.00
Green Tea GR006 – Flavoured Blend
$65.00
Green Tea GR007 – Tea Bags (flavoured)
$65.00
Green Tea GR008 – Tea Bags (non-flavoured)
$65.00
Green Tea GR009 – Best Australian Green Tea
$65.00

Feature Country: Sri-Lanka

This year the Feature Country is Sri Lanka, with a particular focus on small batch artisan teas. This category will only accept entries directly from artisan Sri Lankan tea farmers and companies. Other businesses who wish to enter teas from Sri Lanka can enter them under the tea type categories.

Feature Country FC001 – Black Tea
$65.00
Feature Country FC002 – Green Tea
$65.00
Feature Country FC003 – Oolong Tea
$65.00
Feature Country FC004 – White Tea
$65.00

Chai Tea Award

This award category is specifically for chai teas. Chai teas are:
Spiced teas, containing ingredients such as cinnamon, cardamom, etc, often consumed with milk.

Chai Tea C001 – Traditional; Black Tea Base G
$65.00
Chai Tea C002 – Non-traditional
$65.00
Chai Tea C003 – Tea Bag
$65.00
Chai Tea C004 – Chai Powder
$65.00

Yellow Tea Award

This award category is specifically for yellow teas. Yellow teas are characterised by: A yellow tinge to the dry leaf, A very light amount of oxidisation a taste similar to green tea, yet distinct.

Yellow Tea Y001 – Overall
$65.00

White Tea Award

This award category is specifically for white teas. White teas are characterised by: Delicate flavours and tastes, Very minute intentional oxidisation, A light colour both in the dry leaf and the cup.

White Tea W003 – Flavoured Blend
$65.00
White Tea W002 – Natural Blend
$65.00
White Tea W001 – Single Origin
$65.00

Other Awards

Our other Golden Leaf Awards with no defined category

ER001 – Best Tea/Food Inspired Menu
$65.00
ER002 – Best Tea Menu
$65.00
ER003 – Best Tea Packaging
$65.00
ER004 – Best Tea Website
$65.00
ER005 – Kombucha
$65.00

Iced Tea Award

This award category is specifically for iced teas. Iced teas: Are served chilled, Can be made with a variety of different tea bases, including green, oolong, and black. Are made with a variety of different ingredients.

Iced Tea IT001 – Commercially Available RTD
$65.00
Iced Tea IT002 – Freshly Made
$65.00
Iced Tea IT003 – Cocktail Blend
$65.00

Puerh Tea Award

This award category is specifically for Puerh teas. Puerh teas: Come in the form of a compressed cake, Are fermented with varying levels of oxidisation.

Puerh Tea PH001 – Sheng
$65.00
Puerh Tea PH002 – Shou
$65.00
Puerh Tea PH003 – Natural Blend
$65.00
Puerh Tea PH004 – Flavoured Blend
$65.00