At Schnucks and Logli, we are dedicated to bringing you the very best the world has to offer. For specialty cheese, that dedication means traveling to the farms and cheese makers to taste the milk and experience the artistry first-hand. This year our cheese tour led us across the pond to England.
Cheddar is probably the most copied cheese in the world. But only cheese produced by traditional methods, aged a minimum of nine months and made from milk produced within the four counties of Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall can be designated as authentic PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) West Country Farmhouse Cheddar.
Giles Barber’s family has been making cheese in Somerset since 1833. That makes them the oldest surviving cheese-making business in England. Their 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar is the delightful outcome of their years of experience. Whether the secret is the rich milk from cows grazing in the picturesque fields of Somerset, the cultures carefully cultivated from West Country cheese-making across time, or skills passed through the generations, the result is spectacular. Pick up a piece next time you are in our store and experience real Cheddar at its finest, moist and creamy with an acid tang, just like it was meant to be.
From the land of Cheddar we traveled north to Lancashire where Singleton’s Dairy turns John Stott’s sheep milk into Parlick Fell cheese. After a tour of the farm and milking parlor, we sat in John’s kitchen with his wife and son hearing about the family’s passion and dedication for caring for their sheep and protecting their traditional way of life on a small farm. With such care given to the milk, local Singleton’s Dairy has a big responsibility. In Parlick Fell, they have created a semi-soft, crumbly cheese with a tangy flavor, touch of salt and lingering finish. It’s a fine tribute to John’s labor of love.
A cheese trip to England would not be complete without paying homage to the king of English cheeses. Stilton® is a rich, creamy cheese with a rough, rustic rind known as a coat. It can be either white or blue, but must be made within the three counties of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire or Leicestershire from pasteurized milk. There are currently only six dairies licensed to produce Stilton. Our dairy of choice is Long Clawson where Ady Christian has been crafting Stilton for 35 years. Each wheel is graded individually to assure only cheese of the highest quality will carry the Stilton name. Shropshire cheese starts as a vat of blue Stilton and then gets a dose of annatto. It has all the same great flavors of Stilton with a pronounced buttery creaminess and contrasting orange color.
Long Clawson transforms their cheeses to create new and innovative flavors. Starting with white Stilton, they create a wide range of fruit cheeses including our favorites, blueberry and mango ginger. By hand, they layer Stilton with Double Gloucester cheese to create flavorful Huntsman™. One of the best-selling English cheeses in America, Cotswold™ is created by blending Double Gloucester with chives and crisp onions. I think our new find from Long Clawson will be just as big. Innkeepers Choice™ blends mature Cheddar with tangy pickled onions and refreshing chives. It is the perfect cheese for a hearty beer. Whatever your preference, you are sure to find your perfect English cheese at Schnucks and Logli.