Also known as Old Smales, Old Winchester is an older version of Winchester. This is a dryer and harder cheese, becoming more reminiscent of an Old Amsterdam with a distinctive nuttiness in flavour. Because Old Winchester is made with a vegetarian rennet, on a number of occasions it is being sold, and used as a vegetarian replacement for a hard Italian cheese, and yet can still be used as a table cheese, it has that bit more versatility. We are selling them at about 16 month plus.
This cheese over the years has won a number of awards, including Best Modern British Cheese in 2006, Reserve Champion Cheese at the Bath and West in 2007, and consistently turns in One , Two and Three Star Gold’s at the Great Tate Awards each year. In 2011 it was 2 Star Gold and 2012 it is a 1 Star Gold and Bronze at the Nantwich Show.
Lyburn make a variety of different hand made cheeses, all from their own cows milk. Although they are pressed, these artisan cheeses are not that close to cheddar cheese. They are, in general, a softer and a more continental type of cheese, with the exeption of Old Winchester and Old Smales