Old Winchester

Also known as Old Smales, Old Winchester is an older version of Winchester, on a previous page. This is now a much dryer harder and crystalline cheese, becoming more reminiscent of an old gouda with a distinctive nuttiness in flavour, however it is a product of evolution and need. 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. Some might argue that this English farmhouse cheese, is better than a hard Italian cheese, but I could not possibly comment. We are selling them at about 18-22 months 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, we are at the moment a bit tight on stock, so go easy as we go into Spring 2019, should be fine later in the year.

2016. Gold at the British Cheese Awards, Bath and West Show.
One Star Gold at the Great Taste Awards.
Bronze Award at the World Cheese Awards London.

2017. Bronze at the British Cheese Awards, Bath and West Show
One Star Gold at the Great Taste Awards.
Best hard cheese at the Melton, Artisan Cheese Show.
Gold at International Cheese Show Nantwich
Bronze at the World Cheese Awards in Spain, against some very tough competition.

2018 Two silver medals at the Artisan Cheese Awards at Melton Mowbray.
Silver Award at the British Cheese Awards at the Bath and West Show.
Gold Award at the International Cheese Awards in Nantwich Cheshire.
Two Star Gold at the British taste awards.

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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 good, having made plenty of cheese in the last two years, with the larger cheese vat that we installed a while ago.

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, 2018

2007, 2009Expt, 2010 Expt, 2012 Expt, 2017

1st in Class & Reserve Champion

2008 Silver
2012 Bronze
2013 Silver
2017 Gold

3 Star Gold 2008
2 Star Gold 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017.
1 Star Gold 2009, 2012, 2016

Bronze 2012, Bronze 2013, Super Gold 2014, Bronze 2015 Bronze 2016