This cheese is based on the Lyburn Gold, still a washed curd cheese but the eyes are not so prominent and is smoother, to give a light and delicate smoky flavour. During the maturation process the rind goes a glorious caramel colour and can’t be mistaken for any other.
'We attend a lot of Hampshire Farmers Markets each week and customers come to buy our smoked cheese, as they love it, it costs twice as much as re-processed flavoured cheese, but the young cheese is taken to a local smoker, half a ton at a time, left there for a couple of days and then we have to return to collect it. It all costs money. So my message to customers is half the quantity, double the quality, and it then costs the same. Our Smoked has been in the prizes for the last 4 years.'
2016, Silver Award from the World Cheese Awards in Spain.
2017, Bronze from the British Cheese Awards at the Bath and West Show.
Gold at the International Cheese Awards at Nantwich in Cheshire.
2018, Silver Award at the British Cheese Awards, Bath and West Show.
1 Star Gold at the Great Taste Awards in July.
Silver Award at the World Cheese Ceremony in Norway.
2019, 1 Star Gold at the Great Taste Awards in July.
Bronze Award at the World Cheese Awards in Italy