Cloth-wrapped, hand-made Dorset Cheddar, cave-aged in Somerset for a depth of flavour and a moist texture. It is fruity and tangy with a rich, deep flavour and a hint of sweetness.
Suitable for Pregnant Women
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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Please note that both the 300g and 900g sizes are cut from larger cheeses and are not whole truckles.
Our Cave-Aged Cheddar is made on the Ashley Chase Estate, between the rugged World Heritage Coastline and the Dorset Downs. The cheese is made from the milk of the Estate’s own herds, or from local Dorset farms within a thirty mile radius. This strict local provenance of the milk ensures that the cheese can be awarded the coveted PDO status of West Country Farmhouse Cheddar. The cheese is hand-made at every stage from the crucial cutting, stacking and turning of the curds, (the process which is known as “cheddaring”), to the filling of the moulds and finally the bandaging of the young cheeses in cloth.
Once the cheeses have been encased in the cloth which will protect them until they are ready to be eaten, they are ready to be moved to the maturing rooms. The Estate is fortunate to have gained access to the famous Wookey Hole Caves in Somerset and have a dedicated area set aside to maturing the precious cheeses. Cheeses have been matured in caves for centuries but this is the only Cheddar lucky enough to have a cave for its home while it develops from youth to glorious maturity. The caves have a constant temperature and humidity which is perfect for maintaining the balance of moisture in the cheeses and the unique environment adds a typical earthiness to the flavour. Unlike some other traditional farmhouse Cheddars, our Cave Aged has a slightly sweet accent to balance the earthiness, with a real depth of flavour and a moist texture.