A medium-strength blue cheese produced in the heart of rural England has been named the best cheese for 2013 at an international cheese show billed as the largest in the world.

The Claxstone Smooth Blue, produced by Long Clawson Dairy in Leicestershire, England beat out 4,285 other cheeses to be declared the “supreme champion” at the 116th edition of the International Cheese Awards Nantwich last week.

Cheeses were submitted from 27 countries.

The cheesemakers describe their blue as soft, balanced, creamy, and mild. Milk used for the cheese comes from cows that are left to graze on some of the greenest pastures in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.

The Claxstone series is available at upscale British grocer Waitrose.

Other winners this year included the Extra Creamy Gorgonzola produced by Arrigoni in Italy which took the title of Nantwich Reserve

Supreme Champion, and the UK's Belton Cheese which took the National Westminster trophy for the highest number of gold awards.

Retailer Marks & Spencer won the Supreme Retailer Award for its extensive cheese selection.

For the full results, click here.

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  • Best Fresh Cheese

    Ricotta, Quality Cheese Inc., Ontario

  • Best Aged Cheddar (More Than Three Years)

    5 Year Aged Cheddar, The Black River Cheese Company Ltd., Ontario

  • Best Flavoured Cheese

    Applewood Smoked Cheddar, Cows Creamery, Prince Edward Island

  • Best Aged Cheddar (One Year Up To Three Years)

    Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar, Cows Creamery, Prince Edward Island

  • Best Organic Cheese And Best Blue Cheese

    Bleu d'Élizabeth, Fromagerie du Presbytère, Quebec

  • Best Old Cheddar (Aged From Nine Months To A Year)

    Cheddar 1 year, Fromagerie Perron, Quebec

  • Best Gouda And Best Farmhouse Cheese

    Grizzly Gouda, Sylvan Star Cheese Ltd, Alberta

  • Best Firm Cheese

    Gunn's Hill Five Brothers, Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese, Ontario

  • Best Mild Cheddar (Aged Three Months)

    L'Ancêtre Organic Mild Cheddar, Fromagerie L'Ancêtre, Quebec

  • Best Washed Or Mixed Rind Cheese (Soft, Semi-Soft And Firm)

    Le Mamirolle, Fromagerie Éco-Délices, Quebec

  • Best Soft Cheese With A Bloomy Rind

    Le Noble, Fromagerie Domaine Féodal Inc., Quebec

  • Best Swiss-Type Cheese

    Louis D'or 18 months, Fromagerie du Presbytère, Quebec

  • Best Medium Cheddar (Aged Four To Nine Months)

    Medium Cheddar, Maple Dale Cheese, Ontario

  • Best Fresh Cheese With Grilling Properties

    Queso Fresco Cheese, Latin Foods Inc., Alberta

  • Best Flavoured Cheese (With Added Non-Particulate Flavourings)

    Raclette de Compton au poivre, Fromagerie La Station, Quebec

  • Best Semi-Soft Cheese

    Tre Stelle Feta Cheese, Arla Foods Inc., Ontario

  • Best Mozzarella

    Tre Stelle Mozzarella Cheese, Arla Foods Inc., Ontario

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