STINKING BISHOP

DYMOCK, GLOUCESTERSHIRE

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PASTEURISED

VEGETARIAN RENNET

Encircled with a lath of beechwood, this soft melting cheese is washed in a perry from a variety of pear called Stinking Bishop (hence the name). Four decades ago Charles Martell, the cheesemaker, revitalised the Old Gloucester breed of cow (which was critically endangered) by beginning production of this cheese, and it has become one of the most identifiable British cheeses. Compared with an Epoisses or Vacherin Mont d'Or, the flavour is less strong than the nose, which – with proper maturing – can become quite pungent. A real original.