Two years after the ground-breaking partnership began, this month Quicke’s will release the first wedges of its Vintage Clothbound Cheddar made using Cornish Sea Salt. The truckles were placed in the cheese stores at Home Farm on the eve of this Devon-Cornwall collaboration, and 24 months later, Britain’s longest aged clothbound cheddar is imbued with a new brightness and enhanced complexity of flavour.
This latest enrichment in Quicke’s long history of cheesemaking comes after years of testing, tweaking and maturation, with the rich and intense Vintage Cheddar the final cheese to take its place behind deli counters. Crafting outstanding cheddar from just four ingredients, Quicke’s employs careful herd selection and planned grazing to produce exceptional quality milk, which is then combined with natural rennet and heritage starters. The addition of mineral-rich Cornish Sea Salt has now elevated the Vintage’s unique flavour profile, enhancing the award-winning recipe and adding an extra zing on the palate.
A regular cheeseboard champ, Quicke’s Vintage is also a versatile ingredient in the kitchen, ready to pack a punch in recipes ranging from wholemeal cheese bread to a creamy and comforting pesto sauce. Behind the bar, a drop of Sheppy’s Vintage Reserve Cider makes for a tempting west country pairing, lifting the cheddar’s caramel tones with refreshing burst of bittersweet apple, whilst providing a match for the cheese’s intensity, richness and depth.
Quicke’s Vintage Clothbound Cheddar is the best-selling cheese at Harrods and is also available at Waitrose, Whole Foods Market, Borough Market and London Farmers' Markets, as well as many independent stores across the UK. The cheese can also be purchased from www.quickes.co.uk; 200g £5.55, 500g £13.30, 1.5kg £35.00.