Sharpham Dairy has long been famous for its Jersey and goats’ milk cheeses, but more recently, Debbie decided to experiment with local sheep’s milk, to create a new cheese. She already makes a number of different styles, producing a dizzying array of cheeses simultaneously, but Washbourne is a departure in style.
It is a washed curd cheese, which means that hot water is added during the make to reduce acidity, creating a supple, silky texture and a delicate honeyed taste. This method of cheesemaking allows the light and delicate nature of sheep’s milk to shine.
The judges at the British Cheese Awards 2019 certainly agreed, crowning Washbourne ‘Best Modern British Cheese’ that year. Washbourne is made on the Sharpham Estate, which is gloriously situated on the slopes of the River Dart, just downstream from Totnes. The estate is home to a stunning vineyard and winery, as well as the dairy which produces Debbie’s award-winning cheeses.
|Brand||The Fine Cheese Co.|
|Country of Origin||British Isles|
|Style of Cheese||Hard|
|For Pregnant Women?||No|
|Storage||Keep refrigerated below 8°. |
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The Fine Cheese Co. is a maturer, wholesaler, retailer and exporter of artisan British cheeses. We are based in historic Bath, founded by the Romans and famous for its beautiful Georgian architecture - alongside Venice the only World Heritage city in Europe.
We have been cheese specialists for twenty years, and from the start we have nurtured and supported the cream of British cheese-makers. We stock over a hundred hand-made British cheeses: from rediscovered gems such as Devon Oke, a hard but creamy cows’ milk cheese made to the original seventeenth century recipe, to Lord of the Hundreds, an unpasteurised mature sheep’s milk cheese made in the style of an Italian Pecorino.Read more about us >