Sheffield Cheesemasters – Stitchelton (approx. 200g)
If you are looking for another local cheese whilst Sheffield Cheesemasters are currently on pause with their production then you don’t have to look too far. About 40 minutes from Sheffield situation on the impressive Welbeck Country Estate, Joe Schneider has set up a Dairy the estate’s farm, Collingthwaite Farm, to produce the outstanding unpastaurised version of a Stilton cheese. Starting in 2006 and overcoming many obstacles, he created this fantastic cheese and although he is unable to officially call it a Stilton as the protected recipe insists the milk is pasteurised, we think it is as good as any Stilton we know. As a nod to its heritage he called it Stichelton the original name of the Stilton village.
Stichelton is made slowly, with a gentle acidification of the milk and traditional hand-ladling to drain the curd. Piercing late (about 10-12 weeks) and ageing slowly produces an immensely complex cheese that is not aggressively blue. Stichelton is toasty, nutty and sweet with a creamy light texture and gentle blue note.
This is a perfect cheese for any dinner party cheeseboard or to accompany a fine wine. We recommend the wines below from local wine merchant Le Bon Vin.