A firm textured, a sweet and smooth, medium-flavoured blue.
Well known for his goat's and ewe's
milk cheeses, Robin Congdon also makes a cow's milk cheese from
the farm's own herd of Ayreshires.
Devon Blue is made using unpasteurised
milk using vegetarian rennet. The milk is warmed before the starter
is added. Penicillium roquefortii is the mould which gives the
blue colour. Unlike most cheeses the curds for Devon Blue are
moulded without draining. Instead, turned several times on the
first day and once on the second day. When enough blue has developed,
in three or four weeks, Robin wraps them in gold coloured foil
. This is the French method rather than the Stilton method. The
cheeses are then matured for 6 to 8 months by which time the mould
has developed fully. The paste is yellow, stippled with blue and
with a crumbly texture. Each cheese comes in a 3kg cylinder.
Devon Blue has a surprisingly creamy
mellow taste for a blue cheese, with a deep complexity of flavour.
It is best enjoyed on the cheeseboard, accompanied with a spicy
wine such as Cotes du Rhone, or alternatively on its own with
a glass of cider.