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Tasting the Terroir

7.00 - 9.00 pm.

In this tasting Jamie will showcase the critical influence of terroir on British cheesemaking. He will discuss this influence in the context of several cheeses made with similar recipes, providing an in-depth insight into the nuances of the cheeses we offer on our slate. He will also touch on the role of terroir in apple juice, cider and perry production in Herefordshire.


Jamie will guide you through the differences between various farms producing similar cheeses within the same categories. He will explain how these differences affect the flavour, texture and appearance of each cheese, tasting through each variation on a forensic level. He will then extend this discussion to the impact of terroir on other produce, focussing on apple-based accompaniments from Herefordshire. It is here that Jamie produces his own seasonal pressed apple juice, which he will taste with you, followed by a selection of perrys and ciders produced by his neighbours, some of the leading figures in the farmhouse cider and perry revolution.

This class will be hosted in the Tasting Room above our Borough Market shop. It is designed to serve as a light meal. Jamie will present 6-8 cheeses in a tasting wheel with bread, crackers and accompaniments. There will be samples of 2 to 3 ciders or Pomona to provide an introduction to pairing cheese with these beverages. As alcohol is served, all attendees must be over 18 years of age. Attendees will be offered a 10% discount code valid for one month on cheese purchases made in our shop or online.

Jamie started working in cheese 8 years ago, selling Marcel Petit Comté in Borough Market. He was blown away by the quality and diversity in one cheese. However, there was always this shop in Borough Market that dwarfed him... Neal's Yard Dairy. After 2 years working with one affineur in the Jura and one cheese, he decided it was time to make a break and approached Neal's Yard Dairy. He started part-time mongering for a year whilst pursuing other interests until cheese overcame him and he realised it was his life! And here he is today, taking care of domestic retail wholesale and what we glamourously call 'Rest of the World', meaning anything that's not Europe or America.

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