Wensleydale with Cranberry

This week’s Cheese of the Week is one that looks as festive as it tastes.

At first I was a little shocked by the thought of adulterating a perfectly wonderful Wensleydale with stuff that in general I only like when it comes out of a can and remains can-shaped, albeit jiggly.

Most Americans so closely associate cranberries with Thanksgiving that many US Beatle fans couldn’t believe that John Lennon said “Cranberry sauce” at the end of Strawberry Fields Forever (and not the often quoted “I buried Paul”).  But of course that’s exactly what he said before it was made less intelligible by the reduction in the tape speed, done by George Martin to more closely match the speed and key of the first section.  But surely everyone knows that story by now.

“What’s wrong with Wensleydale?”, some of you Wallace and Gromit fans might be asking.  Well, I’ll tell you:  I don’t know.  It’s wonderful stuff.   This Wensleydale is a bit creamier than I remember from Wensleydales past, and sweeter.  I suspect that this is done to make it blend more easily with the cranberries.  If so, it’s a success!  It’s hard to step eating it, and tastes almost like cheesecake, it’s so luscious.

Definitely recommended.  It’s not something I would want as often as Long Clawson Cotswold, the cheese with the chives in, but it is a very lovely cheese in taste and appearance.

The Somerdale Wensleydale with Cranberry is $12.99/lb at Whole Foods.

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