Not everyone enjoys blue-veined cheese, probably because it has a strong flavour. Personally I really like it, although my favourite is a creamy Dolcelatte made in Italy. I have noticed that the Italians keep the best of their dairy produce for themselves. So you haven’t tasted the best Italian cheeses unless you have been to Italy.
Let’s consider British blue cheeses though, after all, they are what this article is about.
The most well-known blue cheese in Britain is stilton and of course, there’s a white stilton cheese also. Stilton cheeses have a Certification Trade Mark and they could only be produced from the English counties of Leicestershire, Derbyshire, and Nottinghamshire. The best blue stilton should be crumbly, not hard. However, there are many more that are produced all over the united kingdom. Dovedale is made with cow’s milk, while Harbourne blue is made with goat’s milk. One of the cheeses made from ewe’s milk is that the Scottish cheese, Lanark Blue.
Among the Welsh blue cheeses is Perl Las (Blue Pearl in English), which won the gold medal in 2015 at the World Cheese Awards. This is a special blue cheese that’s handmade with sea salt rubbed into its rind, instead of it being placed in brine like a lot of different cheeses. It has a mild taste, so perhaps even those who profess not to like blue cheese want it. It’s made with cow’s milk.
Dovedale blue is produced only using cow’s milk from the counties of Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, and Derbyshire. There’s also Dovedale Blue and Black cheese, with the black coming from the inclusion of cracked black peppercorns.
Dorset Blue Vinney used to be made in all Dorset farmhouses before the Second World War. Production began again on Woodbridge Farm, Dorset, in 1980. It is made to a recipe which is over 300 years old. The family that owns the farm have been producing Blue Vinney for over 40 years.
Some blue cheeses have imaginative titles, such as Blissful Buffalo, made from ewe and buffalo milk. Then there is Blue Murder, a cheese from Scotland, made from cow’s milk. That is created by Alex James a former member of the UK band Blur.
There are quite a few other British blue cheeses to sample, though you might need to purchase them online.