A powerful, fruity cheese, with a full sweet flavour. Matured for at least 16 months to develop its fabulous crystalline texture.
Suitable for Pregnant Women V
Suitable for Vegetarians
How Much Cheese To Buy
We recommend a portion size of 70-120g per person depending on when you are eating the cheese. 70g is ample if you are serving the cheese immediately after a large meal or as part of a buffet. If the cheese is the main part of the meal you will need to allow at least 100g per person and you may prefer to go to 120g if you think your guests will be particularly hungry (or just very fond of cheese!).
However, if you are only a small party, you may find that the pieces look a little small. In this case, choose fewer pieces, or even just one cheese, so that you can present your guests with something that looks more substantial. If you want to provide a wider choice of cheeses, just go for slightly larger pieces and enjoy the leftovers yourself the next day.
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Old Winchester is based on a Gouda recipe. Gouda recipes call for the cut curds to be washed after draining. This removes lactic acid from the curd, making Gouda characteristically sweeter and also prolonging its life. Various tweaks to the original recipe has led to a Gouda/Parmesan/Cheddar cross, and a cheese that is unique to the Smales family.
On their farm in the New Forest, Mike and Judy Smales make this modern British classic. In 2000, 30 years after they first started farming, the decline in milk prices led them to find an alternative outlet for their milk.
So, with the milk of a herd of 180 cows and a basic Gouda recipe they began. Lyburn Gold was their first creation: a young semi-hard Gouda, with a meadowy, buttercup taste. After the first year, Mike and Judy nervously entered the British Cheese Awards, and medals followed.
Since then, the Smales’s cheeses have gone from strength to strength. The further maturing of Lyburn Gold has given birth to Old Winchester (or Old Smales), with the extra maturing adding further depth of flavour and Parmesan- like characteristics.
The cheese has a full flavour, an underlying sweetness, and a wonderful crystalline finish that crunches on the tongue.