Written by Heather Briggs, IGA Country Representative, United Kingdom
The sweet, salty and nutty flavor of the blue goats’ cheese presented by the Cornish Cheese Company resulted in it winning the category ‘100 percent Goat Milk Cheese open to UK Producers’ at the 2017 International Cheese Awards held at Nantwich, the United Kingdom on July 25.
Kay Barlow, Category Technical Manager for Core Chilled at British supermarket chain ASDA, judged the class alongside Heather Briggs, who is also the International Goat Association’s UK country representative. Both had no hesitation in declaring their winner.
Barlow said: “It was head and shoulders above the other cheeses and was like a party in the mouth.
“It had good balance, and although you could tell it was from goats’ milk, the taste was not overpowering. I was intrigued to see something different and the cheese felt innovative.”
Briggs added: “The cheese was well presented, the paste had a creamy feel to it, and we both agreed that it had a lovely salty, nutty taste, with no bitter aftertaste.”
It also stood out as it was the only blue cheese presented in the class.
Briggs and Barlow also enjoyed cheese company Bradbury’s entry, giving it the silver award.
“It was nicely ripened, soft with a fresh ‘goaty’ smell with good savory flavors coming through,” said Briggs.
Third place was awarded to Dale Farm, which entered a cheese with a creamy, salty flavor. “What we particularly liked were the lemon notes which came through,” observed Barlow.
On the day, more than 300 cheese experts judged a record 5,685 cheese and dairy entries, all within 5 hours. Head judge Dai Williams said the standard was exceptionally high and was a very close-run competition for the top awards.
The 2017 ICA Supreme Champion and the proud new holder of The National Westminster Cup was claimed by a sheep milk blue cheese, Bradbury’s Cheese, for their Roquefort Papillon.
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