crookwheel ewe's milk cheese from cumbria


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The aged non-washed version of St James, produced by Martin Gott and Nicola Robinson on the Holker Estate in Cumbria.

Martin started his cheesemaking career with apprenticeships from the age of 16. In 2006 he and Nicola then started their own business with their herd of Lacaune sheep, making Ewe's milk cheeses only. With St James being their most famous cheese. 

They use non-intensive farming methods with the sheep only being milked once a day - this makes for a happier sheep who then produces better quality richer milk. 

They have since branched out into Goat's milk cheese production, starting with Holbrook. 

Crookwheel is not too dissimilar to a Manchego. When it is young the cheese packs lots of creaminess and acidity becoming richer and more savoury as it ages. The cheese carries an earthy aroma with a dry, crumbly texture. 


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