Each month we create a selection just a few days before we ship the cheese. Our intention is to use the subscription to guide you through what is tasting exceptionally delicious seasonally. We also introduce you to new cheeses or cheese which are the result of our experiments in maturation techniques.
Each selection forms a balanced cheeseboard and contains approximately 1.2kg of cheese. The selection comes with an information note that explains why we have chosen each cheese as well as giving a little of its background. Prices start from £149.
"I think cheese is the perfect present. There are few people who don’t love it, it lasts well and good cheese is a real treat. It is the ultimate spoiling."
Carrie Rimes spent four years in central France learning cheese-making skills and techniques that she has now put to use in the form of Brefu Bach. This is a cheese that leaves you feeling refreshed: the sheep’s milk brings with it a honeyed sweetness with notes of fromage frais. The connection to North Wales is extremely important to Carrie, who is seeking to source the most interesting sheep’s milk possible from Welsh breeds feeding on species-rich pastures in high welfare conditions.
Made by Carrie Rimes near Bethseda in Wales.
Raw sheep’s milk, vegetarian coagulant.
With its sunny yellow paste and its savoury tones of meat and onions, Hafod is tasting at its best right now. The smooth and creamy texture is complemented by earthy, grassy notes. The team at Hafod have been experiementing with making cheese with no starter cultures at all, in an effort to allow the true essence of the flavour of the milk to come through in the cheese without influence. This trial and others like it exemplify the lengths and depths that Nick, Rob and the team at Hafod go to ensure their cheese is constantly improving.
Made by Rob Howard and his team near Ceredigion in Wales.
Pasteurised cow’s milk, animal rennet.
Devon Blue is made in the South Hams, in Devon, alongside its sister cheeses Beenleigh Blue (sheep’s milk) and Harbourne Blue (goat’s milk). All three are aged in a cave-like environment for a few weeks where the blue mould is encouraged to develop. They are then cold matured at around 5 degrees, allowing the complex flavours of the paste to develop slowly over several months. Devon Blue is probably the richest and creamiest of the three of Ben’s cheeses. The flavours at present are rich and boozy, almost whisky-like, but with a refreshing fruitiness.
Made by Ben Harris at Ticklemore Dairy in Devon.
Pasteurised cow’s milk, animal rennet.
Made in the style of the French Valancay, Tymsboro is made by Mary Holbrook and her team using strains of Peniciullium that are naturally propagated in the farm environment. These strains tend to give the rind a hue of duck-egg blue as opposed to the paper-white colour often associated with this sort of mould. Flavours at the moment are sensational: the meaty paste is complemented by a sparkly rind; almost like popping candy in the mouth.
Made by Mary Holbrook at Sleight Farm, Somerset.
Raw goat’s milk, animal rennet.
How often is the delivery?
We do one selection a month, however, you can choose if you want it every month for a year, six months or a quarter. There is also an option to have it every other month for a year or even just once a quarter.
Can I choose the delivery day?
You can choose the month of your first delivery. Thereafter, depending on the delivery location the cheese will arrive on the first Thursday or Friday of the subsequent months.
Can we swap a cheese in the selection?
Our cheese of the month club is intended for the truly adventurous cheese lovers who are willing to give everything a try. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate substitutions.
What about if there is no-one in for the delivery?
We send all of our Cheese of the Month deliveries out on a pre-12 special delivery service. We can set up an email delivery notification to the receivers email and they can choose a safe place to leave the order if they are not in.
What about holidays? Can we skip an order?
If you need to postpone a delivery then just give us a call at least 48 hours the day before dispatch and they will amend the orders to skip that month.
I’m giving a subscription as a gift, can I have something to hand over to the receiver?
When you order this as a gift we also send you a gift email that you can print or forward to your recipient with all the relevant information on it. Just make sure you select the ‘gift’ option on the checkout to let us know.