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Neals Yard cheeses

e.d. | Jan 18, 2002 04:20 PM

A while back someone gave me a taste of Neals (is there supposed to be an apostrophe?) Yard Cashel blue cheese and it was incredible--creamy, rich, flavorful. So recently, when confronted with a bin full of exotic European cheeses, I bought several others from Neals Yard. The Keen Cheddar was good--though no better (imho) than another, slightly less expensive English cheddar that I bought. On the other hand, the Cheshire, Lancashire, and Double Gloucester were distinctly underwhelming. They were not bad cheeses, but I could taste nothing that justified their price tags. They reminded me of good American Amish cheeses with a little extra age.
OK 'hounds, is this a problem with my palate? Am I missing some exotic subtle flavor notes? Or are those types of cheeses supposed to be so unexciting? Is this another strange English custom like warm beer? An enquiring mind wants to know.

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