Shropshire Blue

Cheese: Shropshire Blue


Who: Colston Bassett & District Dairy 

Where: Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire, UK

Milk Type: cow, pasteurized

Texture: firm

Rind: natural

Shape: 17lb drum

Flavor: rich and creamy, fresh dough, savory



It’s traditional (Colston Bassett) Stilton, with natural annatto coloring that gives the past a brilliant golden-orange hue against the blue molding. Striking. The cheesemaker preserves the oldest of traditions, still hand-ladling the curds into the molds, making for an incredibly creamy, mouth-coating finished cheese.


The flavor has a pleasant yeasty, fresh-breadiness about it balancing the savory and tangy notes.

It’s a keen breakfast cheese, laid on dark bread, perhaps a molasses or raisin, toasted.


Beverage pairings: For breakfast, black tea (traditional milk and sugar my preference). Later, a creamy stout or a dessert wine. Blues can be brilliant with honey and Moscato.


3 comments on “Shropshire Blue

  1. Had this again recently. Wonderfully creamy!

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