Gold for our Gold at the International Cheese AwardsSimon Spurrell
The most prestigious Cheese awards ceremony in the world just awarded us a Gold for Devonshire Gold Blue Cheese and a Bronze for our Blue Stilton
at the International Cheese & Dairy Awards 2021
We are incredibly proud of our achievement at this global event winning both a Gold and a Bronze award. This year after missing 2020 the show has moved for the first time in 98 years away from Nantwich to Staffordshire Show Ground. Established in 1897 the International Cheese Awards is one of the largest and most recognised Cheese competitions in the world, 37 countries taking part with over 5,000 entries! This gives you an idea of the scale of this event and the enormous achievement from the smallest Stilton makers in the world!
Our wonderful creamy ‘Devonshire Gold’ Blue Cheese was developed especially for the Chatsworth Estate and it was bestowed with a Gold Award. The expert judges said of our cheese “Great blueing, visually excellent, strong flavour and lasting, good mouthfeel” who are we to argue with the judges many of who have been in the cheese industry for decades. Devonshire Gold Blue Cheese is available from the Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop or from our website.
We have a long historical connection with the Chatsworth Estate, in 1876 the seventh Duke of Devonshire was responsible for the formation of the first Hartington Creamery. Thomas Nuttall took over the business in 1897 from the Duke who remained the Creamery’s landlord. The first Stilton Cheese was made by us in 1900, this recipe and tradition are still being honoured 121 years later at our current Pikehall Farm site.
Our Bronze award was for our traditional Blue Stilton Cheese. This is quite an achievement considering we are the smallest and only artisan producer of Stilton cheese. This adds another accolade to our awards tally for our Stilton which we believe is slightly creamier with higher moisture levels than the rest and differentiates us from the big mass producers of Stilton. You can buy our Stilton in 200g cut wedges, 1kg half moons, 2kg rings, as a Baby Stilton 2.2kg or full 8kg or half 4kg block.
Whilst we are talking about Stilton have you heard about the most unique Vodka in the world exclusively made from our Stilton Whey? Distilled into a wonderful clean smooth spirit with a unique creamy mouth texture. Made by our good friends and fellow artisans at Cuckoostone Distillery this is available along with two complimenting Gins from our website here