Colston Bassett Baby Stilton is an intensely rich and creamy cheese, which is produced by hand-ladling. Its flavour is deep, lingering and complex.
Billy Kevan and his team in Nottinghamshire also make their classic blue Stilton cheese in this baby size. The smaller truckles (approx. 2kg) are made to the same exacting standards as their big brothers.
Local milk is left to set under the watchful eye of Billy Kevan, only the fourth head cheese-maker since 1920. The curd is gently cut into small cubes and left to settle. It is then drained and hand-ladled into curd trays. The next morning it is milled and packed into stilton hoops where it will drain naturally before being rubbed and put into the maturing rooms.
After four to six weeks and again one week later, Colston Bassett Stilton is pierced to allow air to get in, so that the blue veins can develop. The baby cheeses have a very slightly closer, denser texture but are still creamy with the same rich, full flavour.
Stilton’s origins date back to the 18th century when it was eaten at The Bell Inn, Stilton. Now a protected cheese, Stilton can only be made in the counties of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. Colston Bassett Stilton is often considered to be the best. Little has changed since they started making cheese in 1913, and they still use the milk from four of the original local farms that set up the co-operative in the beginning. The reputation of the dairy has gone from strength to strength, and it is now famous for making Stilton that is velvety and smooth, with a full, well-balanced, sweet and ‘mineral-y’ flavour.
|Brand||The Fine Cheese Co.|
|Country of Origin||British Isles|
|Style of Cheese||Blue|
|For Pregnant Women?||No|
|Ingredients||Pasteurised whole cows' milk, salt, cheese culture, penicillium roqueforti, rennet.|
|Nutritional Info (per 100g)||Energy 1701Kj, 410Kcal | Fat: 35g, of Which Saturated: 23g | Carbohydrate 0.1g, of Which Sugars 0.1g | Protein 23.7g | Salt 2.25g|
|Allergen Advice||For allergens see ingredients in bold.|
|Storage||Keep refrigerated below 8°C. Best eaten within 14 days of receipt.|