The Isle of Wight Blue has won a host of prestigious cheese awards and its flavour certainly lives up to these accolades. It is a handmade, naturally rinded soft blue cheese made from pasteurised Guernsey cow's milk. Veined with blue streaks, it has been aged only about three to five weeks so the flavour will continue to intensify as you store it.
Producer - The Isle of Wight Cheese Company
The Isle of Wight Cheese Company was set up in 2006 by Julie and Richard Hodgson.
There are 85 Guernsey cows in the herd at their Queen Bower Dairy. The farm is run by Michael Reed and Michael is the fourth generation of his family to farm the cows here. The Reeds have a local milk round that supplies milk daily to the areas surrounding Queen Bower.
Their idea was to create a cheese company on the Island that uses all of the surplus milk available from the farm they were based on, and most importantly, give the dairy farmer a better price for his milk than the collecting tanker would.
They hoped that this would be an added cost to them that they could absorb so long as their customers were aware that by paying that bit extra for a quality local cheese, they would be supporting not only the cheesemaker, but also the dairy farmer who supplies them. This way, they could at least give what was agreed was a fair price, in return for top quality, fresh local milk that was entirely traceable.
Produced by: The Isle of Wight Cheese Company
Refrigerate your Isle of Wight Blue after purchase (6 degrees if possible) and remove from the fridge an hour before eating to allow the cheese to reach room temperature. Only remove from the fridge what you think you will eat in one go, and put t...
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Gold at British Cheese Awards 2011 and Highly Commended at International Cheese Awards in Nantwich 2011