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Caerphilly

Caerphilly
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  • Made from unpasteurized cow's milk

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom

  • Region: Wales, London

  • Family: Cheddar

  • Type: hard

  • Fat content: 48%

  • Texture: crumbly, dense and firm

  • Rind: natural

  • Colour: white

  • Flavour: citrusy, grassy, mushroomy, salty, sour

  • Aroma: fresh, lactic

  • Vegetarian: yes

  • Producers: Westcombe Dairy

  • Synonyms: Duckett's Aged Caerphilly, Duckett's Caerphilly

Caerphilly is a hard, white cheese originating from a town of the same name in South Wales. It was first made in Caerphilly in around 1830. Its texture and flavour resemble cheddar, the most popular cheese in the United Kingdom. 

The recipe for Caerphilly has been inspired by other crumbly cheeses like Cheshire, young Lancashire and Wensleydale. It is said that the cheese was specially made for coal-miners as its rugged texture and shallow height made it easy for them to eat with bare hands, while the salty, moist curd helped to replenish the lost minerals.

Caerphilly is made from unpasteurised cow's milk and matured anywhere from 8 to 10 to 14 days. Some variants are often kept for up to a year to develop a more rigid texture and more robust taste. Inside the pale ivory rind of the cheese, young Caerphilly has a fresh and pleasant taste alongside a moist yet supple texture. With maturity, the edges become creamy, and the flavour becomes more rounded. It usually has a wheel shape with ivory-white rind dusted with refined flour. As the cheese ages in a moist cellar, the white and grey moulds become thicker and more leathery. The cheese can be vegetarian, depending upon the brand.

A basic white burgundy would go well with this cheese. It usually is grated or melted onto dishes.

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