Doddington Dairy wins at World Cheese Awards

Award-winning food producer Doddington Dairy, near Wooler, has won gold, silver and bronze in the World Cheese Awards.

Friday, 25th November 2016, 11:06 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 11:41 am
Margaret-AnnMaxwell of Doddington Dairy

At the awards held in Spain, it took gold for one of its latest products, Darling Blue, named after the Northumbrian heroine, Grace Darling.

Silver awards were also given to the ‘Doddington’ and the ‘Admiral Collingwood’, with a bronze given to ‘Berwick Edge’.

Darling Blue

Margaret Ann Maxwell, cheesemaker at Doddington Dairy, said: “The World Cheese Awards are extremely prestigious and collect together a vast array of cheese varieties from all continents.

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“Judging is done blind by teams of experienced cheese tasters. To win an award is a great honour and achievement in a world market that is fiercely competitive.”

Doddington Dairy has won many awards in its history, often for innovation in flavour and production.

Most recently, it scooped the BBC Food and Farming Awards for Best Producer in 2015.

Darling Blue

Darling Blue was awarded best new cheese at the 2015 British Cheese Awards and Admiral Collingwood won Best New Cheese in 2007 in the Nantwich International Cheese Show, in Cheshire; one the great centres of British cheese production.

The World Cheese Awards are organised by the Guild of Fine Food. This year’s competition was judged in San Sebastian, as part of the city’s status as 2016 International City of Culture.

The 62 categories of cheese were judged by teams of four experts, chosen from a group of 250 who were appointed to judge all the cheese in the competition. All cheeses considered worthy of awards in each category received the coveted medals.

Last year’s competition was held as part of the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC in Birmingham, and was judged live in front of an audience of consumers.

More about Doddington cheese:

Warm raw milk is taken from the 5am milking and made into one of its range of seven artisan cheeses. Using traditional methods, they are pressed in cast iron antique cheese presses and stored on wooden shelves in the cool air of our old stone walled barns for periods of between 3 months and 15 months for our vintage varieties.

Doddington: The original eponymous cheese is made to a unique recipe similar to an English Leicester cheese. Doddington is close textured with notes of caramel and nutty flavours. It is matured for 12-15months and is available in wheels around 5 or 10kg in size. Made from raw milk and traditional rennet.

Berwick Edge: Named after the edge of the valley on which the cows graze and characterised by its pale orange skin, Berwick Edge is similar to traditional Dutch Gouda. It won the James Aldridge Memorial Award as the UK’S best raw milk cheese in 2011 and is used by Rick Stein in his ‘Food Hero’s’ campaign. It is matured for 12-15 months; it is robustly flavoured with a very satisfying lingering aftertaste. Available in 4 and 10kg wheels, Berwick Edge is made from our raw milk and traditional rennet.

Admiral Collingwood: A ‘Cheese of Great Character’, named after a great local character. Collingwood was Nelson’s second in command at the battle of Trafalgar. This cheese is washed in Newcastle Brown Ale and coming in square truckles around 1-11/2 kg in size, it was launched to great acclaim in 2007 receiving an instant Gold Medal at the prestigious Nantwich International Cheese show in Cheshire. Very close textured with a strong flavour and pungent aroma, its pale orange ribbed rind is a star on every top quality cheese board.

Darling Blue: Another cheese of great character named after Northumbrian heroine Grace Darling, this is its only pasteurised milk cheese. Darling Blue has a naturally moulded rind, it is matured for around 3 months and is a creamy full flavoured blue cheese. It comes in 1.5 – 2.5kg rounds.