Not everyone enjoys blue-veined cheese, probably because it has a strong flavour. Personally I really like it, although my favorite is a creamy Dolcelatte made in Italy. I have noticed that the Italians keep the best of their dairy produce for themselves. So you have not tasted the best Italian cheeses unless you’ve been to Italy.
Let’s consider British blue cheeses, however, after all, they’re what this report is about.
The most well-known blue cheese in Britain is stilton and of course, there is a white stilton cheese also. Stilton cheeses have a Certification Trade Mark and they could only be produced in the English counties of Leicestershire, Derbyshire, and Nottinghamshire. It’s never been produced in the town of Stilton, which is in Cambridgeshire. The top blue stilton should be crumbly, not hard.
Other famous British blue cheeses are Wensleydale, Shropshire blue, and Cheshire blue. However, there are many more which are produced all over the united kingdom. Dovedale is made with cow’s milk, while Harbourne blue is made with goat’s milk. Among the cheeses made from ewe’s milk is that the Scottish cheese, Lanark Blue.
Among the Welsh blue cheeses is Perl Las (Blue Pearl in English), which won the gold medal in 2015 at the World Cheese Awards. This is a unique blue cheese which is handmade with sea salt rubbed into its rind, rather than it being put in brine like a lot of other cheeses. It has a mild taste, so maybe even those who profess to not like blue cheese would like it. It’s made with cow’s milk.
Dovedale blue is generated only using cow’s milk from the counties of Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, and Derbyshire. There’s also Dovedale Blue and Black cheese, with the black coming out of the addition of cracked black peppercorns.
Dorset Blue Vinney used to be made in all Dorset farmhouses before the Second World War. Production started again on Woodbridge Farm, Dorset, in 1980. It’s made to a recipe which is over 300 years old. The family that owns the farm have been producing Blue Vinney for over 40 years.
Some blue cheeses have imaginative names, such as Blissful Buffalo, made from ewe and buffalo milk. Then there’s Blue Murder, a cheese from Scotland, made from cow’s milk. That’s created by Alex James a former member of the UK band Blur.
There are quite a few other British blue cheeses to sample, although you might need to purchase them online.