June 7, 2009
Country and region of origin: England, Sommerset
Milk: Pasteurized Cow’s Milk
Age: 60 Days
Rind: None – Paste is rubbed with Paprika
Creamery: Ilchester Creamery
Creamery website: Ilchester Website
Properties: Semi-soft cheddar, flavored with smoke flavoring. This one is very popular with flavored cheese afficionados.
Uses: Will likely be devoured off your cheese plate. Ilchester offers that it’s good in grilled sandwiches and mashed potatoes. They also suggest using it in cheese sauces – and risotto (!).
Wine Pairings: Ilchester suggests a Shiraz or a Merlot.
Production Notes: This cheese was, once, actually a smoked cheese. They switched from smoking the cheese to using smoke flavoring at least 6 or 7 years ago, however. Most consumers don’t seem to mind one bit. This is still a very pretty cheese on the cheese plate. Nutrition Data