Wensleydale is an historic fresh, mild cheese that has been made in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire since 1150 by Cistercian monks. These monks continued to make the cheese until the dissolution of their monasteries in 1540. Traditionally, sheep’s milk was used, but over the time cow’s milk was also used. The art of making the cheese was passed by the monks to the farmer’s wives who produced a blue variety of Wensleydale at their farmhouses. Today, Wensleydale is produced mainly from pasteurised cow’s milk with sheep’s milk added to enhance the flavour. Wensleydale Creamery in the town of Hawes is seeking to protect the name Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese under PDO designation. But there are other producers of Wenslydale cheese in parts of the UK, mainly in Shropshire and Cheshire.
Oak Smoked Wensleydale is naturally smoked for 18 hours using oak chips at the Wensleydale Creamery dairy to generate a subtle, smoked flavour along with a firmer and stronger texture. The cheese is a variant of Real Yorkshire Wensleydale as it maintains the same characteristics while adopting an attractive golden beech colour.
Wensleydale goes well with fruit cake, apple and is a perfect accompaniment during lunchtime or tea time. It also tastes delicious with hot desserts like fruit pies and crumbles. It is the king of cheeseboard where its fresh, milky sweetness and robust flavours rule the roost. It complements fruity white wine such as Pinot Grigio.
- Made from pasteurized cow's milk
- Country of origin: United Kingdom
- Region: North Yorkshire
- Type: hard, artisan
- Texture: creamy and crumbly
- Rind: cloth wrapped
- Colour: pale yellow
- Flavour: smokey
- Aroma: smokey
- Producers: Wensleydale Creamery
Other cheeses from United Kingdom:
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Abbot’s Gold, Applewood, Burwood Bole , Colston Bassett Stilton, Cornish Yarg, Cotherstone, Cotswold, Criffel, Derby, Devon Blue, ... show all ... , Devon Garland, Huntsman, Lord of the Hundreds, Lyburn Gold, Lyburn Lightly Oak Smoked, Maisie's Kebbuck, Malvern, Montgomery's Cheddar, Old Ford, Orkney Medium Coloured Cheddar, Red Windsor, Sage Derby, Sharpham Rustic, Sharpham Rustic Chive & Garlic, Sharpham Savour, Stoney Cross, Teifi, Ticklemore , White Stilton with Mango & Ginger, Wyfe of Bath
Ailsa Craig, Burwash Rose, Cardo , Celtic Promise, Chorlton Blue Cheshire, Cropwell Bishop Blue Stilton, Exmoor Blue, Francis, Gorwydd Caerphilly, Harbourne Blue, ... show all ... , Harlech Truckle, Innes Brick, Kirkham's Lancashire, Lake District Extra Mature Cheddar, Little Colonel, Lyburn Garlic and Nettle, Marbled Cheeses, May Hill Green, Ogleshield, Oxford Blue, Pembrokeshire Extra Mature Cheddar, Pembrokeshire Mature Cheddar, Red Dragon Truckle, Stichelton, Stinking Bishop, Tilly Whim, Waterloo, Wigmore
Baron Bigod, Bartlett, Bath Blue, Bath Cheese, Beenleigh Blue, Blacksticks Blue, Bonchester, Bosworth, Buxton Blue, Cornish Brie, ... show all ... , Cote Hill Blue, Cottage Cheese, Cranborne , Cremet , Delamere Goats Cheese Logs, Dorset White, Dorstone, Dunsyre Blue, Finn, Flower Marie, Golden Cross, Innes Log, Lake District Mature Cheddar, Ragstone, Sharpham, Sharpham Elmhirst, Somerset Brie, Stawley, St Jude, Tunworth, Yorkshire Blue
fresh firm cheeses:
Wensleydale with Cranberries
fresh soft cheeses:
Cerney Pyramid, Childwickbury, Innes Button, Olde York, Pant ys Gawn, Perroche, Sleightlett, Vulscombe, Windrush Cheeses