Cheese We Love
Nutty, buttery, tangy or sweet – whatever taste tickles your fancy, now’s the time to be obsessed with cheese. Artisans across the country are experimenting with brand new textures, combined with richer flavours – it’s almost a work of art.
At Russell’s we have a variety of Artisan Cheeses in our selection, from Barber’s Vintage Cheddar to Snowdonia Black Bomber, with a taste to suit any palette.
What exactly is Artisan Cheese?
Artisan Cheese refers to cheese hand-produced using traditional methods and craftsmanship of skilled cheesemakers.
Usually this is made in small batches using milk derived from animals that feed on pasture plants i.e. cow, goat, sheep etc. As a result, artisanal cheese typically obtain a wider range of volatile flavour compounds, with more complexity in taste and variety.
How is it made?
Unlike cheese from mass production, involving lots of machines and buttons, artisanal cheese comes straight from the master’s hands. It’s a slower process because it includes letting the cheese form a natural rind and allowing for ageing. It does, however, result in amazing flavours that you’ll only experience with true artisan cheese.
The main difference in taste between artisanal and mass-produced cheese comes down to the animal’s diet. Typically mass-produced products use milk derived from animals that were barn raised, whereas artisan cheese, such as our selection, is obtained from animals that were pasture-raised and grass-fed.
When you choose to buy artisan cheese, you are supporting far more than tasty cheesy goodness. In fact, you are supporting a much bigger picture. As well as being delicious, you are encouraging local economies and the land they inhabit. It doesn’t get much tastier than that.
Like all artisanal products, it’s the intrinsic uniqueness of the final product that so many of us love and enjoy. In store, and on our website, you can find our sumptuous range of artisan cheeses with everything from Snowdonia Red Storm to Barbers 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar. So whether you’re looking for a tasty addition to melt over chicken and steak, or a side to serve alongside a glass of merlot, there’s plenty of tangy goodness and rich flavours to choose from.