A Taste of Scotland: Scottish Cheese
In case you couldn’t tell, we’re pretty big purveyors of cheese. From snacking to melting to everything between, cheese is a guilty pleasure indeed. And we always strive to carry all those cheeses you know and love plus some of the exotic gourmet ones too. This month, we’re featuring a few of Scotland’s finest cheddar cheeses.
Amazing on their own, all three of these cheeses are also quite delicious on a baguette with a delightful sweet chutney to contrast the bite of cheddar.
Connage Dunlop Scottish Cheddar
This Award Winning Scottish Cheddar handcrafted on a family farm, by the shores of the Moray Firth.
Connage Highland Dairy is based on the shores of the Moray Firth, near north and east Inverness, which is the Highland council area of Scotland.
Dunlop recipe dates from the 17th Century and was first made in Ayrshire. Each truckle was dressed in muslin to seal and keep the maturing cheese moist and we still do this today.
Connage uses unpasteurized milk and traditional methods. Dunlop is a Scottish Cheddar with slightly higher moisture and develops a lovely depth of flavor as it matures for 7 months. It has a rounded nutty, warm and creamy taste that lingers on the palate. Made with 100% Scottish milk
Mull of Kintyre Mature Cheddar
Rich, classic and full of character, The Mull of Kintyre Mature Scottish Cheddar is hand selected at its peak of maturity by our master cheese graders. Crafted to a long established recipe, this cheddar offers well-rounded, savory and subtle sweet flavor. The slight hint of sharpness adds complexity, creating a distinct taste. The delicate, brittle and grainy texture, an indication of its age, gives the cheese the character it rightly deserves. Mull of Kintyre is matured a minimum of 12 months then hand-selected at peak maturity for the fullest flavor.
*Two-time International Cheese Awards Gold winner for best Scottish Cheese.
Orkney Smokey Red
Orkney Smokey Red is a smoked Scottish Cheddar that is the result of collaboration between two companies located in the Orkney Islands. One is The Island Smokery, a company that has been perfecting the craft of aging and smoking mature Orkney cheddar for many years. The other is The Orkney Cheese Company, the producer of the cheddar itself. The cheddar is made using fresh milk from local Orkney dairy herds.
Orkney Smokey Red uses only high quality wood supplied by Belgarth Bodhrans, a Celtic drum manufacturer. The Island Smokery takes all of Bodhran’s offcuts and unwanted wood, which reduces waste and avoids the need to transport additional wood into Orkney. Such creativity and forward thinking is not only applied to the smoking process, but also to the entire production cycle.