Not everyone likes 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’ve noticed that the Italians keep the best of their dairy produce for themselves. So you haven’t tasted the best Italian cheeses unless you have been to Italy.
Let’s consider British blue cheeses, however, after all, they’re what this article is about.
The most well-known blue cheese in Britain is stilton and of course, there is a white stilton cheese also. Stilton cheeses have a Certification Trade Mark and they can only be produced in the English counties of Leicestershire, Derbyshire, and Nottinghamshire. It’s never been produced in the town of Stilton, which is in Cambridgeshire. The top blue stilton should be crumbly, not hard.
Other famous British blue cheeses are Wensleydale, Shropshire blue, and Cheshire blue. However, there are many more which are produced all over the united kingdom. They may be made from cows milk, ewe’s milk or goats milk. Dovedale is made with cow’s milk, while Harbourne blue is made out of goat’s milk. One of the cheeses made from ewe’s milk is the Scottish cheese, Lanark Blue.
One of the Welsh blue cheeses is Perl Las (Blue Pearl in English), which won the gold medal in 2015 in the World Cheese Awards. This is a special 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 taste, so perhaps even those who profess to not like blue cheese want it. It’s made with cow’s milk.
Dovedale blue is produced only using cow’s milk from the counties of Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, and Derbyshire. There is also Dovedale Blue and Black cheese, with the black coming from the inclusion of cracked black peppercorns.
Dorset Blue Vinney was made in most 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 over 40 years.
Some blue cheeses have ingenious names, such as Blissful Buffalo, made from ewe and buffalo milk. That’s made by Alex James a former member of the UK band Blur.
There are quite a few other British blue cheeses to sample, though you may need to purchase them online.