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August 18th, 2013 Posted 4:11 pm

Now, it has to be said that we are not fans of flavour added cheese, but this: wrapped in a bright orange jacket (presumably to reduce the chances of it being lost at sea) with its creamy pate and green flecks of horseradish, makes a welcome exception.



It should come as no surprise that it smells of cheese and horseradish. Indeed, it is just a flavour added Cheddar, but the makers of Harlech got the mix just right. The cheese itself is a little sharp, a bit like a Cheshire, but then the taste of horseradish boldly marches in and makes its presence felt.

Unlike many supermarket brands of horseradish sauce, the flavour of the horseradish is tangy, clean and fresh. It’s neither hot nor overpowering, but compliments the cheese to perfection. The whole experience is very satisfying and the bold flavours mean that it is just as at home in a salad sandwich as it is being nibbled with a glass of wine.

Every good cheeseboard should have a flavour added cheese to add a touch of variety. Harlech is not only visually striking, but delicious and fits that requirement perfectly.

Purchased from Cheese Please, Lewes.

Reviewed by Nick & Olympia, 2013


Binham Blue

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August 4th, 2013 Posted 4:20 pm

Soft creamy yellow with starkly contrasting deep green/blue veins, a gnarled rind dusted in white moulds. This looks just like a blue cheese ought to.

Binham Blue

Binham Blue

The paste is soft and yields under pressure, but not quite enough to spread.

It has a very mild creamy taste, with bitter overtones, but not in the least bit sharp, like so many other blue cheeses. Other than that, there is little to say. It’s OK… a blue cheese for people that don’t like blue cheese.

It looks fantastic, and creates an anticipatory expectation that, sadly, fails to be met.

Purchased from Larners, Holt.

Reviewed by Nick & Olympia 2012