The West Country Cheese Board Tasting Experience
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You simply cannot beat a West Country cheese board...this box includes everything you need to create the ultimate cheese tasting experience; from our favourite cheeses to finest accompaniments!
- Quicke's Mature Cheddar 200g
If there’s any cheese that truly represents the taste of Devon it’s Quickes. The Quicke family have been stewards of ‘Home Farm’ in Crediton for almost 500 years, with Mary Quicke now holding the mantle and pioneering the way in farmhouse cheddar production. Mary’s cheese is metaphorical of her ethos ‘farm as if you’re going to live forever’, and with generations of experience and craftmanship behind her, she is able to capture the best expression of the grass, soil and seasons. Each day, once their unique herd of dairy cows have been milked, the cheese is ‘started’ with a live-culture that has remained unchanged for years and encompasses the biodiversity of the farm. A natural rennet is then added to separate the curds from the whey and the cheddaring process begins. The cheeses are then matured for up to two years in their ‘Cathedral of Cheese’, where they are carefully monitored and turned every 10 days. Our relationship with Quickes goes back to when Mary used to sell cheese to our mother, Enid, many decades ago!
- Cornish Cheese Company Cornish Blue 200g
From their farm on Bodmin Moor near Liskard, Phillip and Carol Stansfield hand craft a blue cheese like none other. Cornish Blue differs in characteristics to more traditional English blues such as Stilton or Dorset Vinny. Designed to be eaten as a young cheese, it is mild and creamy with a dense, sticky texture – attributes that earned it the accolade of ‘Supreme Champion’ at the World Cheese Awards in 2010. Once the milk from their Holstein-Friesian cows has been dry salted and set into moulds, it is pieced to allow naturally occurring moulds to work their magic and break down the interior of the cheese and then matured for 12 to 14 weeks – resulting in a unique flavour. We most enjoy talking cheese with Phillip up at Sandy Park whilst watching the Exeter Chiefs play his former club Sale Sharks.
- Sharpham Brie 200g
On the glorious Sharpham estate, nestled amongst the banks of the River Dart near Totnes, Mark Sharman and his team take fresh raw milk from their herd of Jersey cows and apply it to a recipe that’s been unique to the creamery since 1981. The curds are hand ladled into moulds, turned regularly and then brined and left to develop a furry white coat. The end result is a Coulommiers style mould ripened soft cheese that is often likened to a Brie. When ripe, Sharpham oozes a creamy rich and buttery interior that is often imitated but never bettered. Mark often joins us here at Darts Farm to share his knowledge and passion for artisan cheese and English wine.
- Sandford Orchards Ice Cider
A small-batch cider, crafted using an ‘icing’ method; a method used widely in wine-making, and now introduced to cider from Sandford Orchards beautiful Devon orchards. During the specialist icing process the cider apple juice becomes intensified, sweeter and richer. The powerful warmth and rich complexity perfectly match the floral bouquet and sweet apple finish.
- Hillside Quince Paste
Former chef Jay Allan, has developed this fantastic range of specialised award winning cheeseboard products. Handmade in Exeter, Devon, Hillside Speciality Foods produce the finest quality products using local and seasonal ingredients. Inspired by traditional Membrillo (quince paste), this concentrated fruit puree is intensely flavoured and designed to be served with cheese and charcuterie.
- Fine Cheese Co. Crackers
With over 20 years experience in the cheese industry founder, Ann-Marie Dyas, and her team at Fine Cheese Co. are committed to the survival of British cheese-makers, and introducing farmhouse cheeses to as wide a public as possible. Their love of cheese extends further into producing delicious cheeseboard accompaniments, which are handcrafted in Bath, using only the finest ingredients.
*At times hamper contents may vary due to stock availability, but items will be replaced with products of the same or higher value and quality.