Riseley

Riseley

A washed-rind sheep’s milk cheese with a rich paste beneath a vivid, tacky rind which sometimes has a salty crunch. Flavours are bold and savoury, with occasional hints of smoky bacon.

Portion
Regular price £43.20
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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
Sheep

ingredients
Thermised Sheep's MILK, Salt, Cheese Cultures, Vegetarian Coagulant

coagulant
Vegetarian Coagulant

milk treatment
Thermised

location
Riseley, Berkshire / Bermondsey

milk source
Bought-in

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milk type
Sheep

ingredients
Thermised Sheep's MILK, Salt, Cheese Cultures, Vegetarian Coagulant

coagulant
Vegetarian Coagulant

milk treatment
Thermised

location
Riseley, Berkshire / Bermondsey

milk source
Bought-in

season
All year

average age
6 Weeks

cheesemakers
The Wigmore Family

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Riseley is a collaboration between cheesemaker Anne Wigmore and our maturation team in Bermondsey – a testament to the power of maturation and its influence on the flavour and personality of a cheese.

Background

Riseley is the washed-rind cousin of Anne and Andy Wigmore's semi-soft ewe's milk cheese, Wigmore. In early 2014, the Neal's Yard Dairy soft cheese maturation team began a ripening experiment which...

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Riseley is the washed-rind cousin of Anne and Andy Wigmore's semi-soft ewe's milk cheese, Wigmore. In early 2014, the Neal's Yard Dairy soft cheese maturation team began a ripening experiment which led to the eventual creation of Riseley, named after the Berkshire village in which the couple's dairy is located. The washing process takes up to four weeks and involves dabbing and gently scrubbing the rind with water or brine every few days. The moist conditions provide a perfect environment for the development of pinkish-orange bacteria, while also discouraging any moulds from taking root.

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Our Work

Riseley is created by the Neal's Yard Dairy maturation team who take young Wigmore cheeses and wash their rind. The cheese arrives at a few days old and is washed with a brine solution 3-4 times a ...

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Riseley is created by the Neal's Yard Dairy maturation team who take young Wigmore cheeses and wash their rind. The cheese arrives at a few days old and is washed with a brine solution 3-4 times a week for almost a month. This washing and its maturation in our warmest maturing room encourage the spread of Brevibacterium Linens which is what gives washed cheeses their distinctive flavours, colours and aromas. Once the rind is ready the cheese is wrapped and kept in the cold room to further develop its flavour and ripeness until ready for sale.

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Accompaniments

Tracklements Fig Relish
£4.75

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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Jsyatt

Bought for cheese n wine party. Guests loved it 👌🧀

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Joan Cass
Riseley

This cheese was new to me; it is delicious and now one of my favourites

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Anonymous
Delicious

First time we have had this cheese and it exceeded expectations. Lots of flavour but not at all sharp or harsh. We have bought some more!

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Elli Morii
Not bad but a bit too salty

I generally like smelly cheese, and it didn't disappoint in that sense, but I found it slightly too salty.

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Trevor Pollard
A lovely cheese

Looks good and tastes good. Complex flavours. Difficult to fully describe. Thoroughly good
A must for all cheese lovers

We're happy to hear that Riseley has hit the spot Trevor. Thank you so much for sharing your feedback - it's much appreciated.
Kind regards,
NYD