- Cheese Guide for Christmas
- Read our updated post for the Best Cheeses for Christmas 2020
- 10 Best Cheeses for Christmas 2019
- 2. Golden Cross
- 3. Vacherin Mont D’Or
- 4. Brie with Truffle
- 5. Tunworth
- 6. Cote Hill Blue
- 7. Epoisses AOC
- 8. Machecoulais
- 9. Raclette
- 10. Colston Bassett Stilton
- Bonus – Gifts for Cheese Lovers
Cheese Guide for Christmas
Read our updated post for the Best Cheeses for Christmas 2020
Christmas is a time for celebrating, and enjoying food with friends and family remains one of the best ways to do so. As any cheese lover will tell you, cheese is a good idea at any time of year, but all great holiday feasts call for a cheese board.
For many of us, Christmas has long been a convenient excuse for over-indulging. Although too much of anything is widely considered to be bad for you, remember that cheese contains potassium, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, and protein, making cheese far less of a guilty pleasure and more like a great choice.
From all the best British and European Cheeses, our experts have selected ten that make their Christmas special. We hope these selections will help make your Christmas a happy one.
10 Best Cheeses for Christmas 2019
|1.Double Barrel Lincolnshire Poacher
aged for a minimum of 2 years, this is a cheddar style cheese that really packs a flavour punch. Ideal for those who love their strong flavours and firm cheeses, this is a real firm classic this Christmas. £2.20 per 100g.
2. Golden Cross
Golden Cross – an ash coated soft Goats Cheese Log that has won numerous awards over the years. This deliciously soft and creamy goats cheese develops a soft creamy texture around the ashy rind which firms up into a smooth, firm centre. Delicious enjoyed with truffle honey! £10.99 each.
3. Vacherin Mont D’Or
This is a wonderfully, soft, resin scented, seasonal cow’s milk cheese that is eagerly looked forward to enjoy during the colder months of the year. Produced in the mountainous Jura region of France, this cheese is made using the exceptionally sweet milk produced from the famous Montbeliarde cow, which is used during the summer months to make the famous fruity, firm, Comte AOC mountain cheese.
4. Brie with Truffle
The flavour has a wonderful aroma of woodland mushrooms and violets. This is a full and fruity raw milk cheese, traditionally made to artisan methods. A soft, unctuous texture and easy yet complex, nutty flavours make this cheese one of our customers’ favourites. Very pale yellow when ripe, with a white, bloomy rind, using between 21-25 litres of milk to produce a single Brie de Meaux which when finished weighs around 4kg. The cheeses are dry-salted and allowed to mature or “Affinage” on reed mats, in cool, but not cold conditions, with the greatest care being taken to ensure that the fragile cheeses are brought up to peak condition. With its AOC status, Brie de Meaux can only come from a tightly defined area in the Ile-de-France near Paris, a region that has maintained its rural traditions and hand-crafted production. A wonderful seasonally available addition to a luxury, gourmet cheeseboard.
My personal choice for Best Cheese for Christmas 2019 🙂
Tunworth – described as the best Camembert in the world by Raymond Blanc, this English soft cheese is a delicious alternative to the classic. Weighing in at around 220g and presented in its own wooden box, we enjoy this beauty scored over the top with fresh cranberries on top and baked in the oven until soft and bubbling. £10 each.
6. Cote Hill Blue
Cote Hill Blue – another local cheese to our shop, this soft creamy blue is a real winner on the festive cheeseboard. With a beautifully distinctive silvery rind and a smooth, runny interior. A blue that will win over the ‘non-blue’ folks out there. Voted Best Cheese for Christmas 2019 in the U.K. Cheese section.
Wonderful on ginger nut biscuits. £2.50 per 100g.
7. Epoisses AOC
Epoisses AOC – A sticky, pale orange, washed rind, double cream cheese, washed in MARC DE BOURGOGNE. Creamy pungent centre and a slightly meaty taste. Similar to the first washed rind cheeses dating back to 90 AD, Epoisses de Bourgogne was originally made by the Maroilles Abbey monks in the sixteenth century. Fabulous baked in its box (which is made of wood from the Jura mountains), baked and poured over sliced potatoes or served simply with a nutty slice or two of bread.
Machecoulais – a delightfully unique triple cream cheese from the Loire region of France which is presented in an open birch box. Mellow, creamy with hints of lemon zest. This cheese will naturally mature into a runny and liquid state where you can dip in roast potatoes or sourdough bread. £5.50 each.
Raclette – A brushed rinded Swiss mountain cheese delicious when cooked on a raclette machine. Traditionally served hot and melted over new potatoes and accompanied with a selection of charcuterie, cornichon and salads. It has a brown, leathery washed rind. A world-famous cheese.
10. Colston Bassett Stilton
Colston Bassett Stilton – I know it’s obvious but stilton at Christmas just doesn’t get old. A cheese that is undeniably good throughout the year and is always fought over on the cheeseboard on Christmas Day, well in my house anyway. Buttery, mellow and delicious and best on a hot cooked ham or melted over pork pie with fruit chutney. Who are we kidding, everyone loves stilton at Christmas. £2.30 per 100g.
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