Apologies for another cheese post, but frankly we got a little excited this year and ended up with such a good stash of cheese I couldn’t resist writing about a few. I do love cheese, and Christmas is a fab excuse to put together a selection.
This particular cheese caught my eye because it is from a large brand, that I don’t recall releasing a flavoured cheese before. I have had Cathedral City Mature Cheddar many times before and always liked its strong taste, so this new cheese appealed to me. Usually flavoured cheeses have a creamier base such as Wensleydale with Cranberry, another seasonal favourite. This looked quite interesting having a stronger base flavour.
Once out of the packet you can see the onion pieces mixed in with the cheese. The cheese has a firm texture, and cuts well but you do need a firm touch to get the knife through. I was impressed with the flavour, the base taste of the Cathedral City Cheddar was rich and the mature edge to the taste was still very much present. The onion was sweet and tangy, and the flavour complemented the cheese rather well. It was strong enough to stand out, but not so strong that it was overpowering. It was rather like having a good onion chutney, but already inside the cheese.
We enjoyed this cheese a lot, and would gladly buy it again. It is perfect chopped up and served on buttered crackers, with tomatoes and olives on the side.