Westcombe Cheddar Hand-Selected
Westcombe Cheddar Hand-Selected Westcombe Cheddar Hand-Selected

Westcombe Cheddar Hand-Selected

by The Fine Cheese Co.
Westcombe Cheddar cheese is a traditional unpasteurised cloth-wrapped Cheddar from Somerset that was awarded BEST PDO Cheese and Best Cheddar at the 2017 British Cheese Awards

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A truly artisan cheddar from Somerset with a deep and complex flavour. Cheese has been made at Westcombe since the 1890s and they now remain as one of the last three traditional producers of Somerset Cheddar. They have the status of PDO but the Calvers are one of the last three families, along with Jamie Montgomery and the Keens to make traditional Artisan Somerset Cheddar.

The criteria for this is much stricter than that for West Country Farmhouse Cheddar, and includes using raw milk from their own herd, pint starters rather than the more widely used powdered versions, and animal rennet. The cheese must never be made in a block form, and must be cloth-bound before being matured for at least one year.

The Calver family farm two farms with 400 cows and make unpasteurised Cheddar daily, using methods passed down over many generations. Tom Calver is the most recent generation working in the dairy. Under his guidance the cheese has gone from strength to strength as he has adjusted the recipe and refined the maturing. At the same time his father, Richard, has worked on improving the quality of the cows feed to get a better fat and protein content.

Winner of BEST PDO Cheese and Best Cheddar at the 2017 British Cheese Awards

WHAT MAKES THIS CHEDDAR SPECIAL?

Westcombe Hand-Selected is exactly that. Every month Ruth Raskin and Luke Maslen, Quality Managers at The Fine Cheese Co. meet with Tom Calver and hand select Cheddars at 9 months old.

These will be the very best cheeses from that month’s production. They are set aside for The Fine Cheese Co., and re-tasted monthly - only released for sale when Tom and Luke judge they are at their peak (any time from 14/15 months - up to 18 months).

This is Slow Food with real meaning.

 

Luke Maslen The Fine Cheese Co. Affineur and Quality Manager

Every piece freshly cut & wrapped

We unashamedly source, care for and sell the best cheese, because that is what we believe in. Every day of dispatch one of our trained cheesemongers cuts every piece fresh, by hand, and wraps it in our waxed paper. We do this because it is most respectful way to treat this precious food.

Westcombe Cheddar Hand-Selected

Westcombe Cheddar Hand-Selected .

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Country of Origin British Isles
Milk Variety Cows'
Vegetarian? No
Organic? No
Unpasteurised? Yes
For Pregnant Women? Yes
Ingredients Raw cows' mik (99.5%), Salt, Rennet, Starter culture
Nutritional Info (per 100g) Energy: 1829Kj, 441Kcal / Fat: 36.4g, of Which Saturated 24g / Carbohydrate: 2.7g, of Which Sugars 0.2g / Protein: 25.8g / Salt: 1.94g
Allergen Advice For allergens see ingredients in bold.
Storage Keep refrigerated below 8°.
Freshly cut and wrapped to order. Please eat within 7 days of receipt.

A truly artisan cheddar from Somerset with a deep and complex flavour. Cheese has been made at Westcombe since the 1890s and they now remain as one of the last three traditional producers of Somerset Cheddar. They have the status of PDO but the Calvers are one of the last three families, along with Jamie Montgomery and the Keens to make traditional Artisan Somerset Cheddar.

The criteria for this is much stricter than that for West Country Farmhouse Cheddar, and includes using raw milk from their own herd, pint starters rather than the more widely used powdered versions, and animal rennet. The cheese must never be made in a block form, and must be cloth-bound before being matured for at least one year.

The Calver family farm two farms with 400 cows and make unpasteurised Cheddar daily, using methods passed down over many generations. Tom Calver is the most recent generation working in the dairy. Under his guidance the cheese has gone from strength to strength as he has adjusted the recipe and refined the maturing. At the same time his father, Richard, has worked on improving the quality of the cows feed to get a better fat and protein content.

Winner of BEST PDO Cheese and Best Cheddar at the 2017 British Cheese Awards

WHAT MAKES THIS CHEDDAR SPECIAL?

Westcombe Hand-Selected is exactly that. Every month Ruth Raskin and Luke Maslen, Quality Managers at The Fine Cheese Co. meet with Tom Calver and hand select Cheddars at 9 months old.

These will be the very best cheeses from that month’s production. They are set aside for The Fine Cheese Co., and re-tasted monthly - only released for sale when Tom and Luke judge they are at their peak (any time from 14/15 months - up to 18 months).

This is Slow Food with real meaning.

 

Luke Maslen The Fine Cheese Co. Affineur and Quality Manager

Every piece freshly cut & wrapped

We unashamedly source, care for and sell the best cheese, because that is what we believe in. Every day of dispatch one of our trained cheesemongers cuts every piece fresh, by hand, and wraps it in our waxed paper. We do this because it is most respectful way to treat this precious food.