WESTCOMBE CHEDDAR &
WESTCOMBE CHEDDAR HAND SELECTED
Farm: Lower Westcombe
Farm Style: Hard
Milk: U, Cow
Age: 12 months +, 14 months +
Cheese has been made at Westcombe since the 1890s and they now remain as one of the last three traditional producers of Somerset Cheddar. They have the status of PDO but the Calvers are one of the last three families, along with Jamie Montgomery and the Keens to make traditional Artisan Somerset Cheddar. The criteria for this is much stricter than that for West Country Farmhouse Cheddar, and includes using raw milk from their own herd, pint starters rather than the more widely used powdered versions, and animal rennet. The cheese must never be made in a block form, and must be cloth-
Together with Tom Calver, Ruth Raskin, our Cheese Quality Manager has been hand selecting Cheddar from Westcombe Dairy. Under Tom’s watchful eye, the chosen cheeses are then matured for longer to allow a deeper, fuller flavour to develop. Only those cheeses that have the perfect flavour profile are selected to be matured on. This Cheddar has a wonderfully full and savoury flavour with a slight tang.