I love cheese and Christmas wouldn’t be the same in my house without it. I know this may sound slightly crazy but there is nothing like sitting down to watch a Christmas film with the boys and a piece of Christmas cake with a chunk of cheese or a plate of crackers with lots of cheeses to share with the boys. Recently I was sent some cheese from Castello and I couldn’t wait to give it a try.
Say Cheese This Christmas With Castello
Castello was founded over 50 years ago and inspired by cheese monger Rasmus Tholstrup and his unique philosophy around cheese making and discovering new ways of making unique cheese.
I was sent five varieties of cheese to try. These were Ticklers extra mature cheddar, Pineapple Halo, Creamy White, Creamy Blue and Danish Blue. When I opened up the parcel I found that each one had been wrapped in Christmas paper and put inside a personalised Christmas stocking. I loved this added touch.
Tickler Cheddar – This is an extra mature cheddar with a sweet, tangy taste. It is carefully matured for up to 18 months and made by expert cheese makers at the Taw Valley Creamery in Devon.
Creamy Blue – A unique double cream blue mould cheese, with a surprising combination of creaminess and the flavour of blue mould. It was designed to give the softness of a Brie with the sharper taste of a blue cheese.
Traditional Danish Blue – Is the most powerful of the Castello cheeses, it is a full flavoured, salty blue mould cheese. Danish Blue was developed to get the taste of Roquefort in a cheese using cows milk (Roquefort is made with sheep’s milk).
Extra Creamy Danish Blue – The Extra Creamy has a softer texture and a slightly milder taste than the Traditional Danish Blue, which creates a more creamy and well rounded blue cheese, but still with a strong ‘bite’.
Pineapple Halo – Castello Pineapple Halo combines soft cheese with small chunks of pineapple with chopped almonds and papaya. This gives a sweet pineapple flavour with notes of warm syrup.
I am not a huge fan of blue cheeses but was surprised how lovely the Castello cheeses were. They are the perfect accompaniment to any cracker. If like me you like a bit of cheese at Christmas then you really should try some of the varieties Castello has to offer. You can find these and others in Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys and Waitrose.