Old Winchester
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National on line sales

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 try to sell them at about 18 months and they will average approx. 4.5kg each. The age will come and go as it is impossible to get the stock level right all the time.

2019 Gold  Award Artisan Cheese Awards at Melton Mowbray
Bronze Award at the British Cheese Awards at the Bath and West Show
Gold Award at the International Cheese Awards in Nantwich Cheshire.
Three Star Gold at the British taste awards.
2020 2 Star Gold at the Great taste Awards
2021 Gold and Silver at the Artisan Cheese Awards Melton
2021 2 Star Gold at the Great taste Awards
2022 1 Star Gold at the Great Taste Awards
2022 Bronze in the Export Class, British Cheese Awards
2024 Silver and Gold (Export), British Cheese 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.

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, 2007(Export), 2008, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2024(Export)

Best Modern British Cheese

2015, 2015(Export), 2016(Export), 2018, 2024

2007, 2009(Export), 2010(Export), 2012(Export), 2017(Export) ,2019(Export), 2022.

1st in Class & Reserve Champion

2008 Silver
2012 Bronze
2013 Silver
2017 Gold
2018 Gold
2019 Gold

3 Star Gold 2008, 2019
2 Star Gold 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021
1 Star Gold 2009, 2012, 2016

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