The Claxtone Smooth Blue, a medium-strength cheese made in Leicestershire, England has been named the best cheese for 2013 at International Cheese Awards at Nantwich. The Claxstone, produced by Long Clawson Dairy won the prestigious “Supreme Champion” award by defeating 4285 other cheeses. In all 27 countries submitted their cheeses.
Long Clawson describe their cheese as soft, balanced, creamy, and mild. Produced with milk supplied from cows that are left to graze on some of the greenest pastures in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. Kim Kettle, managing director at Long Clawson, said the cheese had only been on the market for 12 months after three years in the making. Cheese makers spent three years perfecting the smooth blue to make sure it was perfect before it hit the stores.
The Claxtone series is sold at upscale British supermarket Waitrose. Other winners this year included the Extra Creamy Gorgonzola produced by Arrigoni in Italy which took the title of Nantwich Reserve Supreme Champion, and the UK’s Belton Cheese which took the National Westminster trophy for the highest number of gold awards. Retailer Marks & Spencer won the Supreme Retailer Award for its extensive cheese selection.