Also known as Old Smales, Old Winchester is an older version of Winchester, on a previous page. This is now a much dryer and harder cheese, becoming more reminiscent of an Old Amsterdam with a distinctive nuttiness in flavour. Because Old Winchester is made with a vegetarian rennet, on a number of occasions the cheese is being sold, and used as a vegetarian replacement for a hard Italian cheese, and yet can still be used as a table cheese, it has that bit more versatility. We are selling them at about 18 months plus and they will average a little under 5kg each. The age will come and go as it is impossible to get the stock level right all the time. Always in the prizes, and last year, 2016. Gold at the British Cheese Awards, One Star Gold at the Great Taste Awards. It won best hard cheese at the Melton, Artisan Cheese Show and finishes the year with Bronze at the World Cheese Awards 2016 in Spain, against some very tough competition.
2017 off to a good start with a Highly Commended and second place in its class at the Artisan Cheese Awards at Melton Mowbray, and a Bronze at the British Cheese Awards at the Bath and West Show and more recently a Gold at the International Cheese Awards in Nantwich Cheshire.
This cheese over the years has won a number of awards, including Best Modern British Cheese in 2006, Reserve Champion Cheese at the Bath and West in 2007, and consistently turns in One, Two and Three Star Gold’s at the Great Tate Awards each year.
Supplies of Old Winchester are now improving, and over the next few months, having installed the new cheese vat, in March 2015 we are now making a lot more cheese and the production from 2015 is becoming available.
We get a number of emails from customers looking to buy the cheese from a retailer, below is a list, it won’t be exhaustive, but they are the ones we know of.
2005, 2007Expt, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2016
Best Modern British Cheese
2015, 2015 Expt, 2016 Expt
2007, 2009Expt, 2010 Expt, 2012 Expt, 2017
1st in Class & Reserve Champion
3 Star Gold 2008
2 Star Gold 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
1 Star Gold 2009, 2012, 2016
Bronze 2012, Bronze 2013, Super Gold 2014, Bronze 2015 Bronze 2016