Snowdonia Beechwood cheese comes as a 200g waxed truckle. The cheesemaker takes a mature cheddar and gently smokes it over sustainable Beechwood. The resulting cheese is creamy and rich in flavour with a nutty texture and subtle smoky taste.
Beechwood comes to us from the Snowdonia Cheese Company. They have been making cheese in the foothills of Snowdonia, North Wales, since 2003 and their cheeses are known around the world. The cheese itself is one of our best selling truckles and it sits nicely alongside the Black Bomber on a cheeseboard. It has won gold medals at the Global Cheese Awards.
It is thought that the first smoked cheese was discovered by accident. Probably the cheese was kept too close to a fire but it was soon discovered that it didn’t harm the cheese. This then led to cheeses being smoked to help preserve them. Nowadays we smoke cheeses because they taste amazing!
Some smoked cheeses are artificially smoked. This means that the cheese has a smoke flavouring added to it. We prefer to stock cheeses which have actually been smoked. Usually this involves a cold smoke process. Cold smoking means that the smoke is generated in one area whilst the cheese is in another unheated area. The smoked is then pumped into the area where the cheese is kept. Cheeses are generally smoked over oak, applewood, hickory or beech chips. These all impart a different, but fabulous flavour.
Smoked cheeses pair brilliantly with tart apples and white grapes. They also are amazing when used in cooking. We love to add a bit of smoked cheese to cauliflower cheese, macaroni cheese & fondues.
Delicious when paired with an amber ale.