Colston Bassett Shropshire Blue


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Shropshire Blue from the UK is a cows milk blue cheese similar to Stilton with added annatto for colouring and a hint of spice.

Origin: Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire, England

Milk: Cow

Rennet Type: Non-animal rennet

Style: Blue

Classification: Artisan     

Shelf Life: 7-10 days, this product is cut to order

Goes well with: Fortified wines such as Tawny and Muscat, Single Malt Whisky

Similar cheeses: Colston Bassett Stilton

Printable Cheese Note

Colston Bassett Shropshire Blue (SHROP-sheer) is a semi hard natural rinded blue cheese from the UK. Recognisable due to its distinctive orange colour – which comes from the addition of annatto, a natural food colouring derived from a South American berry – it is interspersed with fine, well-dispersed blue veins. Shropshire Blue is slightly milder than Stilton but a little richer, with a buttery, creamy texture and minerally tang. It is full bodied and fruity without being sharp or overpowering, but is still distinctly “blue” in character

A little history about Shropshire Blue

Cheesemaker Andy Williamson, who had trained as a Stilton cheesemaker, first made Shropshire Blue in the 1970’s at Castle Stuart Dairy in Inverness, Scotland. He originally named the cheese Inverness-shire Blue, and it was also known as Blue Stuart. After that business was sold, cheesemaking moved to Cheshire; this facility also closed and the cheese headed further south to Nottinghamshire, the home of Stilton. It was then re-named Shropshire Blue, despite not having any association with the English county of Shropshire. Colston Bassett & District Dairy was formed in 1912 and is one of the smallest dairies in the Stilton Makers’ Association that is still making cheese today. They have been buying milk from the same five surrounding farms since the 1920’s, and have only 4 head cheesemakers during that time.

Ingredients: Pasteurised cow's milk, salt, cultures, non animal rennet.

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Suzanne Midolo
Full of flavours

We found both the smell and flavour of this blue a delight.We served it with fig and walnut dry biscuits which, we felt complimented the cheese..a real find and full of flavour

Ooh yes, Suzanne. Those biscuits sound delicious with Shropshire Blue with its buttery, creamy texture. Thanks for taking the time to write a review.

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Full of flavours

We found both the smell and flavour of this blue a delight.We served it with fig and walnut dry biscuits which, we felt complimented the cheese..a real find and full of flavour

Ooh yes, Suzanne. Those biscuits sound delicious with Shropshire Blue with its buttery, creamy texture. Thanks for taking the time to write a review.

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