Maturing cheese in caves is a practice that dates back many hundreds of years. Ford Farm has revived this art by ageing their traditional, hand-made farmhouse cheddar in the historic caves of Wookey Hole in Somerset. The cheddars are carried by hand two hundred feet underground into the Caves where they are left to mature. The constant temperature and humidity of the Caves offers ideal conditions for storing and ageing cheddar and the porous nature of the cheese enables it to take on the distinctive earthy and nutty flavours from the atmosphere.
The texture is firm and the cheese is cream-coloured. The aroma is a complex mix of sweet, creamy, farmy and earthy. The flavours are big, robust and well rounded, with competing notes such as sweet and salty, or earthy and tangy. The robust, sweet and nutty nuances of Wookey Hole Cave aged Cheddar is perfectly complemented by full-bodied red wines with a strong flavour.
Size: est. 220g.
Ford Farm’s Cave Aged Cheddars start life at the Dairy in Dorset where they are made using milk from local herds that graze the lush pastures of the Ashley Chase Estate and its environs. The ‘Cheddaring’ process is performed entirely by hand, as is the salting of the curds, the pressing of the cheese, and the bandaging in cheese cloth.