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hometown

Wiltshire

Age

18 months

strength

4

hardness

4

milk type

Cow's

vegetarian

Yes

pasteurised

Yes

Old Winchester is nutty, tangy and salty, and tastes like Gouda, Cheddar and Parmesan. This is what makes Old Winchester such a unique and great cheese, and finds it a place on our Top Cheeses list. At first sight and taste, you will think it looks like a hard Gouda, just slightly more crumbly in appearance and slightly paler. Gouda is also the first taste that comes through, slightly nutty with deep caramel like flavours going on. Then suddenly, that disappears, and you get a tangy cheddar smack. Unexpected! Then finally, if that wasn't enough, it ends with a really savoury, slightly salty Parmesan-like taste profile, which if it wasn't so scrumptious would just be weird. There are not many cheeses that can meddle with your tastebuds like this, or be in so many places at one time. Old Winchester does it for fun... absolutely delicious cheese fun.

tcg top tip: Pairs perfectly with Chenin Blanc