Bodnant Aberwen Cheese - a vintage cheese indeed
PUBLISHED: 08:56 24 June 2013 | UPDATED: 08:56 24 June 2013
Foodies are going crackers for this new North Wales cheese from a very ‘mature’ recipe
WORDS BY AARON HALEY
You can’t beat a cheese made in the good old-fashioned way. And the Bodnant Aberwen Cheese is almost as old as the hills, produced to a revived 18th century recipe.
But the public has gone, erm, crackers for this venerable treat. Production has already been stepped up just weeks after the cheese was launched.
Bodnant Aberwen Cheese is the first to be produced at a new dairy at the £6.5m Bodnant Welsh Food centre in the Conwy Valley.
And in keeping with the centre’s mission to promote local producers and minimise food miles, the milk that makes Aberwen comes from a herd of cows milked at a farm just one mile – mooing distance – away from the dairy.
The cheese, which has a creamy flavour with slight citrus notes, is made by hand using traditional methods.
Milk produced by a herd of 80 Friesian cows that graze at the nearby Tal-y-Cafn Uchaf farm is used to make the cheese, as well as Bodnant’s own butter and a variety of tasty ice creams at the food centre’s dairy unit.
Aled Rowlands, dairy manager at Bodnant Welsh Food says: ‘Aberwen has been very well received by our customers here at Bodnant Welsh Food. It is our best seller. We are currently in discussion with specialist suppliers in London, and could soon be seeing top chefs using Aberwen.’