Award winning food producers, Doddington Dairy, near Wooler in Northumberland have won Gold, Silver and Bronze in the World Cheese Awards 2016, held in San Sebastian, Spain.
Winning Gold for ‘Darling Blue’ is one of Doddington Dairy’s latest achievements. Named after Northumbrian heroine, Grace Darling, this is a creamy full-flavoured pasteurised cheese and is matured for around 3 months.
Silver awards were also given to the ‘Doddington’ which is a British ‘territorial’ cheese, whose caramel and nutty flavours place it between a Leicester and a Cheddar. Silver was also awarded to the ‘Admiral Collingwood’, a semi-soft cheese which is washed in Newcastle Brown Ale.
Bronze was given to ‘Berwick Edge’, named after the local ridge overlooking the Dairy that gives it its name. Often described as strong and fruity, this Gouda style cheese has a smooth texture and is a favourite amongst those who enjoy a strong, robust flavour.
Margaret Ann Maxwell, Cheesemaker at Doddington Dairy, adds: “The World Cheese Awards are extremely prestigious and collect together a vast array of cheese varieties from all continents. Judging is done blind by teams of experienced cheese tasters. To win an award is a great honour and achievement in a world market that is fiercely competitive”
The World Cheese Awards are organised by the Guild of Fine Food, which has been supporting and promoting speciality food producers for over 20 years. This year’s competition was judged in San Sebastian, Spain, as part of the City’s status as 2016 International City of Culture. The 62 categories of cheese were judged by teams of four experts, chosen from a group of 250 who were appointed to judge all the cheese in the competition. All cheeses considered worthy of awards in each category received the coveted medals. Last year’s competition was held as part of the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC in Birmingham, and was judged live in front of an audience of consumers.
Doddington Dairy has won many awards during its company history, often for innovation in flavour and production. Most recently, they have scooped the BBC Food and Farming Awards for Best Producer in 2015. Darling Blue was awarded best new cheese at the 2015 British Cheese Awards and Admiral Collingwood won Best New Cheese in 2007 in the Nantwich International Cheese Show, in Cheshire; one the great centres of British Cheese Production.
Warm raw milk is taken from the 5am milking and made into one of our range of 7 artisan cheeses. Using traditional methods, they are pressed in cast iron antique cheese presses and stored on wooden shelves in the cool air of our old stone walled barns for periods of between 3 months and 15 months for our vintage varieties.
Doddington: Our original eponymous cheese is made to a unique recipe similar to an English Leicester cheese. Doddington is close textured with notes of caramel and nutty flavours. It is matured for 12-15months and is available in wheels around 5 or 10kg in size. Made from raw milk and traditional rennet.
Berwick Edge: Named after the edge of the valley on which the cows graze and characterised by its pale orange skin, Berwick Edge is similar to traditional Dutch Gouda. It won the James Aldridge Memorial Award as the UK’S best raw milk cheese in 2011 and is used by Rick Stein in his ‘Food Hero’s’ campaign. It is matured for 12-15 months; it is robustly flavoured with a very satisfying lingering aftertaste. Available in 4 and 10kg wheels, Berwick Edge is made from our raw milk and traditional rennet.
Admiral Collingwood: A ‘Cheese of Great Character’, named after a great local character. Collingwood was Nelson’s second in command at the battle of Trafalgar. This cheese is washed in Newcastle Brown Ale and coming in square truckles around 1-11/2 kg in size, it was launched to great acclaim in 2007 receiving an instant Gold Medal at the prestigious Nantwich International Cheese show in Cheshire. Very close textured with a strong flavour and pungent aroma, its pale orange ribbed rind is a star on every top quality cheese board.
Darling Blue: Another cheese of great character named after Northumbrian heroine Grace Darling, this is our only pasteurised milk cheese. Darling Blue has a naturally moulded rind, it is matured for around 3 months and is a creamy full flavoured blue cheese. It comes in 1.5 – 2.5kg rounds.
Further information and details of Stockists of Doddington’s Cheeses can be found on www.doddingtoncheese.co.uk or by telephoning 01668 283010.