Lightly Oak Smoked
This cheese is based on the Lyburn Gold, still a washed curd cheese but the eyes are not so prominent and is smoother, to give a light and delicate flavour. For those that enjoy a heavily smoked cheese, this may not suit. During the maturation process the rind goes a glorious caramel colour and can’t be mistaken for any other. We attend a lot of Hampshire Farmers Markets each week and customers come to buy our smoked cheese, as they love it, it costs twice as much as re-processed flavoured cheese, but the young cheese is taken to a local smokery, half a ton at a time, left there for a couple of days and then we have to return to collect it. It all costs money. So my message to customers is half the quantity, double the quality, and it then costs the same. Last year, 2016, brings a Silver Award from the World Cheese Awards in Spain and this year, 2017, a Bronze from the British Cheese Awards at the Bath and West Show and more recently a Gold at the International Cheese Awards at Nantwich in Cheshire.
To finish the year off a Two Star Gold at the Great Taste Awards 2017. This year has been a major step forward for our Smoked cheese with a number of prizes.