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Five Counties

  • Made from cow's milk

  • Country of origin: England

  • Region: Somerset

  • Type: semi-firm

  • Texture: smooth

  • Flavour: buttery, mild, salty

  • Aroma: mild

  • Synonyms: Five Territories, Five Shires, Saxonshire

Five Counties (Five Territories) cheese is made by combining five English kinds of cheese, namely, Somerset Cheddar, Cheshire, Derby, Double Gloucester and Red Leicester. The alternating layers of yellow, orange and white make this cheese visually stunning on a cheese platter. Since all five kinds of cheese are either cheddar or close to cheddar, the resulting cheese is mild and buttery in taste and smooth in texture with hints of salt. Five Counties can be used as toppings on burgers and salads. It goes well with dark beers and fruity wines.

Saxonshire and Five Shires are also similar layered cheeses available in the market.

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