A very bold statement, but well suited for one of England’s most famous and cherished cheeses. Blue Stilton is named for the town of Stilton where the cheese was first sold in the early 18th century at an inn, advantageously located en route between London and Northern England. News spread quickly about the exceptional new blue making the inn a very popular destination in and of itself.
Today, under Blue Stilton’s PDO status, the cheese can only be made by a licensed dairy in three counties: Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Notinghamshire, and solely with local milk. Tuxford & Tebbutt, established in 1780 and located in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, is one of just five creameries with a Blue Stilton license. T & T’s experienced cheesemakers use time-honored, traditional methods to create their world renowned Blue Stilton. Each wheel is individually turned and graded by hand during the closely monitored maturation process.
Prized for its smooth, honeyed, tangy richness and its striking blue veins that radiate from the cheese’s center to its rustic, natural, crinkly brown crust, England’s celebrated blue cheese is most typically enjoyed at 10 – 12 weeks of aging.
Blue Stilton’s long held title of “King of Cheeses” is not only a testament to its distinctive, full-bodied taste, but also to the ardent commitment of upholding England’s treasured cheese-making tradition by multi-award winning dairies like Tuxford & Tebbutt.
Application: Often a cheeseboard centerpiece, especially during the holidays, Blue Stilton is perfect for special events any time of the year. Very versatile, Blue Stilton crumbles easily for salads, makes delicious dressings, adds flavor to soups, risotto, pasta, potato and meat dishes or to anything that calls for culinary creativity.
Pairing: The most popular pairing for Blue Stilton is Port, but since Blue Stilton goes with such a wide range of wines, it is usually a win/win with anything from a favorite dessert wine to the most robust red.
Girasole Honey by Il Forteto
Product Details: #051658 | 12/9 oz
Il Forteto is 1,500 beautiful acres nestled in the lush Mugello hills northeast of Florence. This uniquely conceived farm cooperative pays tribute to the Tuscan way of life in the most delicious ways imaginable.
Beekeeping has a long history in Italy, first introduced by ancient Greek settlers possibly as far back as 700 B.C. Il Forteto Girasole (Sunflower in Italian) Honey is an artisanal monofloral variety with a delightfully delicate nutty essence. These vibrant and robust flowers are responsible for the honey’s pale yellow color and lovely flora aroma. Girasole Honey is quick to crystallize into a soft, creamy, butter-like consistency, which makes it perfect for spreading.