I'm not sure what other country would release a special cheese solely to commemorate the birth of a new member of the royal family. But somehow, it seems appropriate for England to do just this. Perhaps it's their strong tradition in cheesemaking. It just feels classy. And proper.
And so, for a limited time, find this special edition cheddar stateside, to honor the new addition across the pond.
There's one conundrum, though. The cheese has been aged for a year. So did the cheesemakers predict three months before the royal couple themselves that there would be a new heir to the throne? One must wonder.
Regardless, the cheese is delicious. I was lucky enough to taste a wheel last week, and it's quite scrumptious. Each wheel is sealed in a black wax, with a gold label, bearing
the official name of the cheese: Westminster William and Kate Royal
Addition Cheddar. The paste is moist but crumbly, almost falling away in sheaths when you slice it. Like cheese tectonics.
While the cheese won't necessarily challenge your taste buds with its complexity, it'll surely satisfy. What's most excellent is its finish. The flavors — pleasantly sour milk, a bright lactic-ness, and decidedly cheddary goodness — linger on the tongue for quite some time. This is no mild cheddar, nor should it be, considering the momentous birth it's commemorating.
Texturally, we're talking smooth, toothsome, and dense. This cheddar stands easily alone on a cheese plate, wanting for nothing much more than an English biscuit and a rich beer. And perhaps that's how the cheese should be served— alone— in order to give each limited-release wedge its oh-so-proper moment in the sun.
The wheels won't be around for long, so find the cheese while you can. Whole Foods Market will be the sole distributor, selling pieces for $9.99/lb.
(Images: Whole Foods Market, Westminster Cheddar)