Feb 13, 2019
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The Fine Cheese Co – Old Smales Cheese

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Varies: 0.8 - 1.0 lbs

Originally $17.29 per pound!

This cheese is also known as Old Winchester (which, tbh, sounds better than “Old Smales”). 

It’s a powerful, fruity cheese, with a full sweet flavour. Matured for at least 16 months to develop its fabulous crystalline texture.
Country of OriginBritish Isles
Milk VarietyCows’
Style of CheeseHard
For Pregnant Women?Yes
IngredientsCow’s Milk 98.00%, Salt, Microbial rennet, Starter, Lysosyme
Nutritional Info (per 100g)Energy 1671KJ, 421Kcal | Fat 32.8g, Of Which Saturated 20.2g | Carbohydrate 1.+61g, Of Which Sugars <0.1g | Protein 26.6g | Salt 1.6g
Allergen AdviceFor allergens see ingredients in bold.

Old Winchester is based on a Gouda recipe. Gouda recipes call for the cut curds to be washed after draining. This removes lactic acid from the curd, making Gouda characteristically sweeter and also prolonging its life. Various tweaks to the original recipe has led to a Gouda/Parmesan/Cheddar cross, and a cheese that is unique to the Smales family.

On their farm in the New Forest, Mike and Judy Smales make this modern British classic.  In 2000, 30 years after they first started farming, the decline in milk prices led them to find an alternative outlet for their milk.

So, with the milk of a herd of 180 cows and a basic Gouda recipe they began. Lyburn Gold was their first creation: a young semi-hard Gouda, with a meadowy, buttercup taste. After the first year, Mike and Judy nervously entered the British Cheese Awards, and medals followed.

Since then, the Smales’s cheeses have gone from strength to strength. The further maturing of  Lyburn Gold has given birth to Old Winchester (or Old Smales), with the extra maturing adding further depth of flavour and  Parmesan- like characteristics.

The cheese has a full flavour, an underlying sweetness, and a wonderful crystalline finish that crunches on the tongue.

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