Cheese: Shropshire Blue
Where: Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire, UK
Milk Type: cow, pasteurized
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.