|Purveyors or Pushers...hmmm|
Neal's Yard is not actually a cheese making company. Well, not any more. They essentially take British farmhouse cheese makers under their wing in order to encourage traditional cheese making. From there NYD promotes and sells the cheeses across the world. Thus helping to preserve some amazing regional curd from around the British Isles.
Leah Lewis, U.S. export sales, and James Rutter, export and wholesale sales, ran us through a tasting of three diverse and extraordinary NYD offerings. All together we had Appleby's Cheshire, Quicke's Cheddar (made by the apparently delightful Mary Quicke and her brood), and the shining star of the whole deal the Borough Market Stilton Blue.
|I am going to frame my map of British Cheeses|
They were all stunning in flavor though the Stilton Blue jumped out at me the strongest. Light and creamy on the tongue but packing a wallop of black pepper, sweet cream and delightful bluey-ness. I cannot wait to pick up yet another hunk of this fine fine cheese to eat as is. Perhaps I may even dress it up with a little wildflower honey. You know, just to be fancy.
|This is James Rutter. He led us on our magical cheese tour. c/o Neal's Yard Dairy|