Duckett's Caerphilly

Duckett's Caerphilly

A thin, earthy rind with notes of raw mushroom give way to a creamy then crumbly curd, with a clean, fresh flavour and a pleasantly mineral tang.

*Please note that we sell both a pasteurised and a raw milk version of this cheese. The cheese you receive will be labelled with the appropriate milk treatment.

Portion
Regular price £9.75
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Choose your preferred delivery date at checkout. As we use third party couriers we cannot guarantee the arrival day of your order but we will do our best to ensure that it arrives as close as possible to your chosen date. To be sure it arrives in time, we recommend choosing a date a couple of days ahead of when you would like to eat your cheese. 

milk type
Cow

ingredients
Raw or Pasteurised Cow's MILK, Salt, Cheese Cultures, Animal Rennet

coagulant
Animal Rennet

milk treatment
Raw or Pasteurised

location
Evercreech, Somerset

milk source
Own herd

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milk type
Cow

ingredients
Raw or Pasteurised Cow's MILK, Salt, Cheese Cultures, Animal Rennet

coagulant
Animal Rennet

milk treatment
Raw or Pasteurised

location
Evercreech, Somerset

milk source
Own herd

breed
Holstein; Dairy Shorthorn

season
All year

average age
2-3 Months

cheesemakers
Rob Howard; The Calver Family

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Though widely regarded as a classic Welsh cheese, Cheddar makers in Somerset have been making Caerphilly since the late 19th century as a means of generating some short-term cash while their slow-ageing Cheddars matured.

Background

Duckett's Caerphilly is produced at Westcombe Dairy in Somerset using the same milk used to make the acclaimed Westcombe Cheddar. It is named after Chris Duckett, who moved his cheesemaking operati...

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Duckett's Caerphilly is produced at Westcombe Dairy in Somerset using the same milk used to make the acclaimed Westcombe Cheddar. It is named after Chris Duckett, who moved his cheesemaking operations to Westcombe in the late 1990s. The Ducketts' original farm was based in nearby Wedmore, where the family had been making their Caerphilly since the 1920s. When a few years later Chris retired from cheesemaking, the team at Westcombe resolved to keep the tradition alive by adopting both his recipe and his original brine tank. They continue to brine the cheese in this tank, which is over 20 years old and carries a unique microbial community.

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Our Work

We visit Westcombe Dairy six times per year to taste and select Duckett's Caerphilly.

Accompaniments

Biscuit Selection
£11.70

Dijon Mustard
£4.00

Rosebud Old Yorkshire Chutney
£6.10

Rosebud Piccalilli Chutney
£7.00

Serving Suggestions

Melt down with a hit of strong mustard for a delicious Welsh rarebit topping. Spoon over smoked haddock fillets and bake until bubbling and golden.

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

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Gill Sewell
Dickey’s Caerphilly

Much enjoyed and very prompt delivery

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Christopher Cook
Memories

A terrific Caerphilly that was crumbly and with that distinctive tang I remember from sixty years ago! It was a palate winner on a seedy sourdough with a crisp apple on the plate too and a dab of my own made winter chutney - mostly dates, figs and apricots. More and more your cheeses become a kind of Proustian Madelaine transporting me back to my youth. Forgive the poetic impulse - but you really do raise our imaginative horizons! Christopher Cook

Hi Christopher, we appreciate your feedback and are delighted to hear that Duckett's is part of your memories in such a special way. Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring experience with us.
Best wishes,
NYD

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Susan C
Great melted

A good flavour. I agree with your serving suggestions that this cheese is great served melted. It brings out the best.

Your feedback is much appreciated Susan. We're happy to hear that Duckett's was a big hit!
Kind regards,
NYD

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Patrick

A delicious Caerphilly, moderately sharp, excellent paired with an oatcake and perhaps a little fig chutney.

Your feedback is much appreciated Patrick! Thank you so much.
Kind regards,
NYD

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Bryan Crawford
Special cheese delivery

Very satisfied with ordering and delivery of delicious cheeses

We appreciate your feedback Bryan. Many thanks for taking the time to share it with us.
Kind regards,
NYD