Try this cheese from Leicestershire at your next picnic.
Cheese Name: Rutland Red
Origin: Leicestershire, UK
Milk Type: Pasteurized cow’s milk
Style: Rutland Red
Description: Rutland Red is a traditional clothbound version of Red Leicester (pronounced “Lester”). The wheels are wrapped in cloth and covered in butter and left to age for at least 6 months. The wrapping keeps the cheese protected but still able to breathe and mature appropriately. When the cheese is unwrapped, there is a fine, very thin rind underneath and the paste of the cheese is slightly crumbly and brittle. The more natural look of the cheese compared to an industrial Red Leicester is substantial. Industrial versions tend to be bland and a little gummy, whereas the Rutland Red has a great mouthfeel and a nice bite.
Tasting Notes: While not as aged as a traditional cheddar, Rutland Red still has a decent amount of sharpness. The cheese has a distinct caramel flavour from the sweetness of the milk, and then a nice bite to finish.
Pairing: This seems like the perfect cheese for a Plowman’s Lunch or just a plain old picnic. It stands up well to seedy mustard, pickled onions, or a sweet summer pickle.
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