Neal's Yard Creamery was originally the business that started in Covent Garden producing cheeses, then retailing cheeses as Neals Yard Dairy. It is now run independently by Charlie Westhead but is still a main supplier to and works closely with Neals Yard Dairy.
The name of this cheese comes from Dorstone Hill which the creamery sits upon, above the River Wye in Herefordshire.
The cheese is made using milk from Andrew and Diane Goodwin’s herd of goats at Wychmoor Farm, Titley, Herefordshire.
Dorstone is a cone-shaped (with the top chopped off) soft goat's cheese with a wrinkly rind. It is zesty, bright and fresh with a little citrus sparkle. Light and fluffy – moussey in texture. Based on a classic French goat’s cheese recipe, it is aged for only three weeks to keep it fresh and light and is lightly ashed to produce a dark grey rind. Delicately goaty herbaceous flavour.
While the traditions of using ash are a sign of the times ash is still used nowadays for a number of reasons. It dries out and de-acidifies the rind and gives the cheese a distinctive appearance.