£2.90 – £17.40
Strathdon Blue is a deep rich, yet mellow blue made in Tain, just north of Inverness. It is crumbly with a hint of creaminess that gives way to a fabulous blue taste in the mouth. It is said that the saltiness in the cheese comes from the fact that the cows graze so close to the coast. The cows therefore naturally consume salt as part of their diet. When eating this cheese you can really taste the seaside and it is no surprise that it often wins awards. The pinnacle of these is having been previously named the Best Cheese in Scotland.
The cheese itself is made by Rory Stone on his family farm in Tain. Rory’s mother, Sussanah, started the cheesemaking tradition by making Crowdie using left over milk from the dairy shorthorn cows kept on the farm. Sussanah claims to be a direct descendent of Mariota de Ile who allegedly made the famous Scottish cheese Caboc in the 15th Century.
Delicious with a sweet sherry as the flavour of the wine cuts through the sharpness of the blue