Today I bring you a cheese that has taken a short holiday and its called Wendolyn. It gets it’s name after Todd and Maugan’s Mum – Wendy and is made by Trethowans Dairy best known for their Gorwydd Caerphilly. This washed rind cheese has been taken out of the running for a year or more while they work on an exciting new cheddar called Pitchfork. Wendolyn came onto the cheese scene late 2017 and gained reputation for its uniqueness, but another project was beckoning. As I mentioned earlier Trethowans Dairy which is based in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset is working on a new Cheddar. This seems like a good move for Trethowans because not only has it gained knowledge in cheese making but by also relocating to Somerset it would classify as a West Country Cheddar. Unfortunately making an artisan, reputable and delicious cheese requires time & resource so the decision to put Wendolyn on hold can help this cheese hit the right notes.
So why are you telling me about a cheese I can’t buy?
Well at the beginning of the year I partnered with the Courtyard Dairy to bring you some featured cheeses to the blog; Wendolyn being one. Staying true to that I have decided to bring this little post to you and then feature another cheese for the last ‘Cheese Of The Month’ in November. I also really enjoyed the cheese so I hope that it does come back for you to all enjoy. It was slightly firm in texture with a similarity to their Caerphilly and that is because it involves taking a young Caerphilly wheel and repeatedly washing it in brine/ Somerset Cider Brandy for 8 weeks. By washing the cheese the colour of the rind turns to ruby-red and the centre of the cheese becomes savoury rich with a buttery note.
As there currently isn’t any cheese to buy you can still head over to the Courtyard Dairy page and sign up to their newsletter to keep informed about the cheese.
Enjoy the August Bank Holiday weekend!