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Snowdonia Beechwood Smoked Cheddar Cheese – Cheese of the Week

Our cheese of the week is the delectably creamy + subtly smoky Beechwood Smoked Cheddar Cheese by the Snowdonia Cheese Company.

Snowdonia Beechwood Smoked Cheddar Cheese
Snowdonia Beechwood Smoked Cheddar Cheese wrapped in a stunning yellow wax

Who Makes This Smoked Cheddar Cheese?

The Snowdonia Cheese Company are the creators of this beechwood smoked cheddar cheese. Based in beautiful rural North Wales & established in 2001, the company has grown to be one of the best cheese producers in the entire country, if not the world. It produces plenty of award winning cheese and is most famous for its Little Black Bomber Mature Cheddar.  They have expanded their range over the years, which now includes 10 truckle cheeses of different flavours.

Taste and Flavour

This cheddar is still beautifully mature and strong flavoured, yet the smokiness is subtle and not overpowering. The cheeses are slowly smoked over sustainably sourced Beechwood, rather than chemically smoked, which is how the more subtle smoky flavour is achieved. We really believe that you can taste the difference between this hand crafted smoked cheese and the commercially produced chemically smoked cheeses. The flavour is without doubt, far superior.

This cheese is still creamy though and totally addictive with its mellow depth + warmth. This was recognised with a Gold Medal at the Global Cheese Awards.

Beechwood smoked mature chedday by Snowdonia
Beechwood smoked mature cheddar – fantastic texture and creamy, subtly smoky flavour

Enjoy Smoked Cheddar Cheese With….

This cheddar is very versatile in the kitchen. Add this smoked cheddar cheese to a ploughman’s lunch to give a twist on the traditional recipe. Grate it into pasta bakes or on top of soups and tomato based stews. This will certainly liven up a green salad too!

Don’t forget that these truckles look stunning on any cheeseboard and the packaging makes them great cheese gifts too.

Dorstone Goats Cheese – Our Cheese of the Week

Dorstone Goats Cheese is a wonderful example of just how exciting (and far removed from bog-standard supermarket stuff) that artisan cheeses can be. Made right here in Britain, Dorstone has an interesting history, wonderful flavour and incredible (conversation starting!) appearance.  This is why it is our Cheese of the Week!

Dorstone Goats Cheese

 

Where is Dorstone Goats Cheese Made?

Made on top of Dorstone Hill overlooking the River Wye. This goats cheese is named after the small village of Dorstone, in Herefordshire.

How is Dorstone Created?

First, the curd from the unpasteurised goats milk (sourced from a farm in Gloucestershire) is set overnight in big buckets with a bulk starter & traditional rennet.

The curds are then left to pre-drain the next morning . It is left, as is, for a few hours and then salt is sprinkled over the mixture and the mixture is transferred to moulds.

The cheese rests in these moulds for 3 days, after which they are taken out & then rolled in a charcoal powder. This gives the cheese an interesting speckled black and white exterior when the cheese is young.

As the cheese matures, the Geotrichum (a type of mould) gives the cheese an extraordinary wrinkled appearance! This is really unique and looks very impressive on a cheese board – perfect for dinner parties where it is a real conversation starter (trust us, we know!). Sometimes, blue-green specks appear, adding  more interest to the appearance.

Why Try Dorstone?

Not only is the exterior beautifully impressive, we find that this goats cheese is flavourful + delicious – a real treat! It has a fluffy mousse-like texture and a flavoursome creamy yet zesty, lemony, salty tang. The Geotrichum imparts a savoury, nutty edge to the cheese. Dorstone doesn’t actually taste overly goat-y, making it a good choice for a dinner party.

Who Makes Dorstone?

Talented cheese makers Charlie Westhead & Haydn Roberts created Dorstone Goats Cheese. Interestingly, their farm has solar panels & a windmill to power their creamery & their waste water is processed using a wetland system. This filters waste water via reeds, wild Orchids & banks of Willows. Very impressive!

An Award Winner

In 2013, Dorstone Goats Cheese won a Gold Medal at the Mondial Du Fromage in France

Cheese of the Week – Organic Oak Smoked Cheddar

Introducing our very first Cheese of the Week: The award winning Godminster Oak Smoked Cheddar

I must admit that I normally bypass the smoked cheese. Although I enjoy it, I generally prefer other styles. The same cannot be said for my better half though, who adores the smoked varieties!

When I first heard about the Godminster Oak Smoked Cheddar, I immediately ordered some in for tasting to win some brownie points with the missus. Alongside a few family members and friends I divided up the cheddar and we got down to the serious business of eating!

Godminster Oak Smoked Cheddar
Oak Smoked Cheddar by Godminster – made here in Britain using organic milk

 

I wasn’t surprised at all to hear murmurs of appreciation (and even squeals of delight) from everyone trying this cheese as it has had glorious reviews from across the foodie world. I must admit that I too, truly loved it. The texture was smooth and creamy with a lovely depth of flavour. The smokiness wasn’t overwhelming like other smoked varieties can be and it perfectly complimented the creaminess. We enjoyed this cheese with Godminster Rosemary Water Biscuits and a sweet chutney.

The unforgettable flavour of the Godminster Oak Smoked Cheddar has not been missed by the Big Cheeses of the Cheese World. It won a gold star at the 2013 Great Taste Awards, along with a gold in the Naturally Smoked Cheddar category at the 2014 International Cheese Awards. It also won a silver medal at the 2014 British Cheese Awards.

In further homage to this fromage, in a world where health & the environment are becoming increasingly more important this cheese is not only a certified organic cheese, using organic milk from their own herd of cows on the Godminster Farm, is it also naturally cold smoked with oak chippings sourced from sustainable woodland. Unlike many of the mass produced smoked cheeses which are chemically smoked.

The Godminster Oak Smoked Cheddar ticks all the boxes for us and is a great addition to any cheese board, grated into mashed potato, or even enjoyed simply in a sandwich or hot toastie on a cold winter day. It also makes a great ingredient for a recipe where its smokiness can take centre stage, like with our mouth-watering frittata recipe (coming soon!).

Our final word on this cheese is a word of warning – consider where in the fridge you can hide it because it won’t last long otherwise!