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.
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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
Tre Stelle Mozzarella Cheese, Arla Foods Inc., Ontario
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