“Westcombe Cheddar is our flagship cheese, a hand-crafted traditional cheddar made in much the same way as it was right here by Mrs Brickell over 100 years ago. It is honoured with the Artisan Somerset Cheddar designation from Slow Food – one of only three cheeses to have this accolade.
We make our Westcombe Cheddar from unadulterated, unpasteurised fresh cows’ milk, which reaches the dairy soon after milking and hits the vat still warm from the cows. Once heated, only traditional starter cultures and rennets are added to transform the milk into cheese. After they’re cut and drained, the cheddaring of the curds – as well as their stacking and turning – is done solely by hand.
Tasting Notes: Westcombe Cheddar has a deep complex flavour with a mellow lactic tang and long notes of citrus, hazelnut and caramel. The texture is structured and firm, with a smooth breakdown that keeps the flavours lingering on your palate. This cheese is often called a ‘five mile Cheddar’, as you’re still tasting it five miles down the road!”
– Westcombe Dairy