Finding the perfect cheese for an occasion can be a daunting task. With so many varieties and differences, how do you know if a certain cheese is worth the price? To help you discover the perfect luxury cheese, we’ve compiled this guide to help you make your selection.
Whether you prefer mild, tangy, or sharp flavours, this article will teach you everything you need to know about choosing luxury British cheese in 2022.
The United Kingdom has a rich history of cheese-making. In fact, it’s been around for hundreds of years. One of the most famous is of course Cheddar cheese, which originates from Somerset. The production process for Cheddar cheese involves using a cheddaring technique, which is a pressing and cutting process that produces a hard cheese with a sharp flavour.
This Hafod Cheddar Cheese Wheel is a good starting point for anyone looking to explore luxury cheddar. It is made entirely by hand in Ceredigion in Wales, using a process which has remained broadly the same since 1917. The cheese is matured for a minimum of 12 months, with the taste developing as it ages. The wheel is then cut into wedges and wrapped in waxed paper. The cheese has a rich, layered, creamy texture with a distinctive flavour, and looks stunning when presented. It is available in many online stores and delicatessens.
British Blue Cheese
Blue Stilton is the most famous British Blue Cheese. It is a rich, creamy, crumbly cheese with a wonderfully pungent aroma, made from unpasteurised cow’s milk and has a characteristic blue veining throughout. This cheese is named after the village of Stilton in Cambridgeshire where it is believed to have originated in the 17th century.
The cheese can be eaten as a dessert cheese or used as an ingredient in cooking to add flavour to dishes and sauces. It can also be served with port or sherry and crackers or bread. It should not be served with fresh fruit due to the risk of blue-green mould growing on the surface of the cheese.
Stichelton is similar to Blue Stilton, except that the cheese is made from pasteurised cow’s milk and it has a sharper taste. The Stilton cheese is often served with port, or a sweet dessert wine.
British Soft Cheese
One British-made soft cheese which I’ve enjoyed in recent years is Bosworth Ash goats cheese. It’s a soft, creamy cheese with a mild flavour. It’s made from unpasteurised milk and is full of beneficial bacteria. White moulds ripens to create a textured ashy rind, which is a great contrast to the creamy, soft interior.
Fen Farm, raw-cultured Mascarpone is another British soft cheese which I’ve enjoyed recently. It’s made from fresh cream from free-range cows in the Waveney River Valley in Suffolk, which runs alone the boarder of Norfolk and Suffolk. The result is a cheese which has a mild flavour and is very creamy. It’s not too strong in taste, but it’s still quite strong in flavour. I’ve enjoyed it on toast, or as an ingredient in pasta dishes. It’s a very versatile cheese – a good addition to any cheese collection.
What is your favourite British-made cheese? Don’t hesitate to get in touch.