So it was time to try the cheese I bought in Taunton. I bought three cheeses from Wootton Organic Dairy stall on Taunton market; the cheeses are made by the Bartlett brothers on the delightfully named Sunnyside Farm
I decided to start with the Old Burford, described as “rich and creamy mould ripened cheese” made from Jersey cows’ milk.
I peeled off the label and opened the wax paper:
It was obviously ripe, but still pleasantly firm to a soft touch. The mould was velvety and smelled good, a nice strong, quite sharp smell.
It looked attractive when I cut into it, creamy and still a little firm inside.
I tried a little of the crust – I’m perverse like that, I nearly always do with soft cheeses! It was pleasantly salty and quite tasty – in a crusty sort of way!
… and then to try the cheese, first on its own and then with an oatcake. It had a lovely texture, a nice bite… just enough saltiness… but somehow the flavour died away. it was a good cheese, but the flavour just wasn’t full enough for me. I left it for a few more days and tried it again, very pleasant, but not enough oomph!
I will definitely buy it again and try it again, maybe the sheep had an off day!