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Old Roan Wensleydale

Rated 4.0 out of 5
Based on 1 review
Age:  3-4 months
Milk:  Cow's
Pasteurised:  No
Region:  Yorkshire
Vegetarian:  No
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Made at Curlew Dairy by husband and wife Ben & Sam, Old Roan represents one of the only truly traditional, raw milk Wensleydale cheeses still made in the UK. As well as being a stonker of a Wensleydale, we were rather captured by the Old Roan journey. The milk travels a whole 5 metres (or 500cm) from milking parlour to processing room. Then, having been matured for 3-4 months it makes its way to you...via us! Unlike block Wensleydale, the manual, handmade, small batch nature of this traditional clothbound Wensleydale results in so much more complexity. It has the tell tale bite in the centre, but carries an incredible stoney, mineral earthiness closer to the rind, where you also start getting the most wonderful breakdown in the cheese. There are more hidden themes here than The Matrix, and it is a great nod to traditional cheesemaking

You can select delivery dates up until 23rd Christmas. During Christmas week your cheese delivery could arrive +/- 2 days outside of your preferred delivery date. Your cheese will always be cut and wrapped the day it is sent out and you will get a delivery notification when your cheese is prepped, with tracking information when your cheese is on it's way.

Delivery is FREE and it comes in a climate control box (the only in the industry) that comes with a 48 hour freshness guarantee. If that wasn't enough, we also add an insert that will talk you through the info on the cheeses, tasting notes and a scorecard to help you make the very most of your festive cheesegeek delivery.

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Meet the Maker

A journey that highlights the community of cheesemakers in the UK, the Spence family had to set up again from scratch after a premises move. In the space of 3 weeks they managed to set up micro dairy (and when we say micro, it's only 6 by 3 metres) with expertise and equipment from other cheesemakers. Ben & Sam have refined their Wensleydale recipe and make Old Roan in small batches using milk from a local herd of Holstein and Ayrshire cows. A testament to the cheesemaking community. 

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