Mature Sparkenhoe Red Leicester

Mature Sparkenhoe Red Leicester

A more mature, meatier version of Sparkenhoe Red Leicester, selected by us and aged for at least 12 months. The aging process creates richly savoury, brothy flavours and a texture that is crunchier and more crystalline than its younger counterpart. 

Clothbound with lard.

Portion
Regular price £11.05
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milk type
Cow

ingredients
Raw Cow's MILK, Salt, Animal Rennet, Annatto, Cheese Cultures, Clothbound with Lard

coagulant
Animal Rennet

milk treatment
Raw

location
Nuneaton, Warwickshire

milk source
Own herd

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milk type
Cow

ingredients
Raw Cow's MILK, Salt, Animal Rennet, Annatto, Cheese Cultures, Clothbound with Lard

coagulant
Animal Rennet

milk treatment
Raw

location
Nuneaton, Warwickshire

milk source
Own herd

breed
Holstein

season
All year

average age
12 Months

cheesemakers
The Clarke Family

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Sparkenhoe Mature is made with us in mind and matured by our specialist team. It is sold only by Neal’s Yard Dairy.

Background

Until David and Jo Clarke decided to revive the practice in 2005, Red Leicester in its raw milk, clothbound form had been extinct for 50 years. Though neither David nor Jo had any experience of che...

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Until David and Jo Clarke decided to revive the practice in 2005, Red Leicester in its raw milk, clothbound form had been extinct for 50 years. Though neither David nor Jo had any experience of cheesemaking, they had a herd of Holsteins, whose pedigree and quality had been carefully overseen by the Clarke family for three generations. Drawing on a combination of old books and local advice, the pair settled upon a recipe and set to converting the milk of their 150 cows into Red Leicester, using animal rennet and annatto, a natural plant dye obtained from a South American bush that has been used in the colouration of cheeses for almost 300 years. The cheese is clothbound with lard. As it matures, the texture dries and the flavour strengthens and deepens, from savoury, smooth and mellow, to nutty and rich.

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Our Work

We visit the Sparkenhoe Farm once a month to taste and select cheeses with David and Jo Clarke. We look for two profiles of cheeses: those that we can sell soon, at around the five to six-month mar...

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We visit the Sparkenhoe Farm once a month to taste and select cheeses with David and Jo Clarke. We look for two profiles of cheeses: those that we can sell soon, at around the five to six-month mark, and those which can be aged for a further six months at our maturing arches in Bermondsey. The latter are exclusive to Neal's Yard Dairy, and are quite different to the younger cheeses: drier, nuttier and more intensely savoury in flavour. The skill in selecting for these kinds of cheeses is being able to identify the qualities in a cheese that mean it has the capacity to be matured for longer. Once they reach the arches, the wheels are turned and brushed once a week to aid with maturing.

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Accompaniments

Mixed Seed Crackers
£3.90

Rosebud Piccalilli Chutney
£7.00

Serving Suggestions

Elevate a white sauce with a generous grating of Mature Sparkenhoe Red Leicester.

FAQs

As a general rule of thumb, we would recommend roughly between 100 and 150 grams per person for after dinner, and a bit more if cheese is the focus of the meal. If you are buying cheese to serve over a couple of days or as part of a buffet, it is advisable to buy a few larger pieces. This will both look better and keep better than many small bits. To help visualise weights, a good tip is to consider that a regular supermarket pat of butter weighs between 200 and 250 grams. If you are at all unsure please give us a call for some advice.

The best option is to keep your cheese wrapped in its paper within a box in the fridge. This will prevent the cheese from drying out and absorbing other flavours. Your cheese will arrive wrapped in waxed cheese paper, which achieves the best possible balance between maintaining humidity around the cheese and allowing it to breathe. We are happy to provide some free extra cheese paper, just search for "cheese paper" and add it to your basket. We don't recommend cling film or foil as it can cause the cheese to sweat which will negatively affect the flavour.

Customer Reviews

Based on 33 reviews
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Tuttles
Consistently good!

We simply love this cheese. We have ordered this over many years and it is always full of flavour and we are never disappointed! One cheese which is always on our list!!!

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John Crawford

Big difference between supermarket Red Leicester and the Sparkenhoe. Pay the extra and get real cheese.

Hi John, we appreciate your feedback - many thanks for sharing it!
Kind regards,
NYD

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Numnual Yapparat

Mature Sparkenhoe Red Leicester

Thank you so much for your review Numnual! We appreciate it.
Kind regards,
NYD

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Jane Ramsden
Easter Cheese

All perfect thank you. Arrived on time, beautifully wrapped and much enjoyed.Sparkenhoe particularly.

Hi Jane, thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. Your feedback is much appreciated!
All the best,
NYD

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Jayne Crean
Still great :)

Everyday boost

We're happy to hear that Jayne. Many thanks for your feedback.
All the best,
NYD