The Blaenafon Cheddar Company
The Blaenafon Cheddar Company is a family business based in a shop on Broad Street in the Welsh industrial town of Blaenavon – a World Heritage Site. The labels on the company’s cheeses depict scenes from the town’s industrial past, but its connections with the town’s rich history don’t stop there: its Pwll Mawr Cheddar is matured 300ft below ground at the bottom of a mine shaft at Big Pit mining museum. This Cheddar has won the bronze medal at the prestigious British Cheese Awards.
The company currently produces several other very distinctive Cheddars and a hard goat’s cheese, and is known for flavouring many of its cheeses with locally made alcoholic drinks, from whiskey to cider. Blaenafon Cheddar, for instance, is flavoured with Welsh whisky and ginger preserve to give a delightful blend of sweetness and warmth, while Pwll Ddu (Black Pool) is flavoured with mustard, leeks and The Reverend James Welsh ale for an intense savoury bite.
All the cheeses are free from dried ingredients and artificial preservatives or colourings. They are all suitable for vegetarians and are hand dipped in coloured wax to give a long natural shelf life of five months as long as they are stored correctly between 0 to +5 degrees Centigrade.
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