£2.90 – £17.40
A deeply rich, nutty traditional Red Leicester, Rutland Red is one of our most popular cheeses. It is made in Leicestershire by the Long Clawson Dairy who are also one of the six licensed blue stilton makers. After production it is wrapped in cloth and then matured for six months. This gives it a smooth texture and a delicious caramel taste.
Rutland Red is given its deep colour by the addition of annatto. Annatto is made from the fruit of the achiote trees which are found in the tropical regions of the Americas. The fruit themselves are not edible but the seeds found within them are surrounded by an orangery red pulp which is mixed with water to produce food colouring.
We often use this cheese as part of our cheese towers. It looks so beautiful and it has a fabulously rich flavour which is very popular. It is also the same height and diameter as our Caerphilly and Cornish Yarg meaning we can make up a layer of the tower using two half moons of cheese. This adds variety allows more cheeses to be used without affecting the balanced look of the cheese tower.
In our opinion nothing beats Rutland Red with a slice or two of apple and a glass of amber ale.