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Judges Sniff Out Dorset Made Cheese As A Winner

Wookey Hole Cave Aged Cheese

6:57am 14th August 2014

A cheese made in Dorset and matured in the caves at Wookey Hole has passed the taste test with judges at the International Cheese Awards.

The cheddar made by Ashley Chase Estate has won the title of best English Cheese, beating off competition from hundreds of other entries.

Its Ford Farm’s best selling product, with 600 tonnes being made every year.

Wookey Hole Cave Aged Cheddar is a one of the few remaining cheddars to be pressed into wheels and bandaged with cheese cloth for maturing, mirroring techniques used as far back as the 15th century.  Though block farmhouse cheddar is widely available, cheddar made in these bandaged wheels is a dying art and one which Ford Farm is fighting to keep alive. 

Mike Pullin, the Farm’s Managing Director commented: ‘Winning awards such as these are really instrumental in terms of helping us to keep this traditional style of cheesemaking in the spotlight.  This particular variety has really struck a chord with both the cheese experts and the general public.  It’s not just a gimmick.  The atmosphere of the caves gives it a completely unique flavour.’

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