Not everybody 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 the dairy produce for themselves. So you haven’t tasted the greatest Italian cheeses unless you’ve been to Italy.
Let’s consider British blue cheeses though, after all, they are what this report is about.
The most well-known blue cheese in Britain is stilton and needless to say, there’s a white stilton cheese too. Stilton cheeses have a Certification Trade Mark and they can only be produced in the English counties of Leicestershire, Derbyshire, and Nottinghamshire. The top blue stilton should be crumbly, not hard.
But, there are many more which are produced all over the UK. Dovedale is made with Rat Control, while Harbourne blue is made with goat’s milk. One of the cheeses made from ewe’s milk is that the Scottish cheese, Lanark Blue.
This is a unique blue cheese that’s handmade with sea salt rubbed into its rind, instead of it being placed in brine like so many different cheeses. It has a mild flavor, so perhaps even those who profess not to like blue cheese would enjoy it. It’s made with cow’s milk.
Dovedale blue is generated only with cow’s milk from the counties of Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, and Derbyshire. There’s also Dovedale Blue and Black cheese, with all the black coming out of the inclusion of cracked black peppercorns.
Dorset Blue Vinney was made in all Dorset farmhouses before the Second World War. It is made to a recipe which is over 300 years old. The family that owns the farm have been producing Blue Vinney for more than 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 made by Alex James a former member of the UK band Blur.
There are many other British blue cheeses to sample, though you may have to purchase them online.