Sunday, January 13, 2013

Wensleydale with Cranberries (Clawson)


     Overall, Wensleydale with Cranberries is one of our favorite cheeses and is one of the few (other than the obvious choices like Cotswold, etc, and some goat cheeses) varieties where we like additives mixed in with the cheese itself.  The slightly tangy, creamy, moist-yet-crumbly Wensleydale mixes quite nicely with the sweetened cranberries and lends itself to a number of applications.  Clawson's take on the style smells sweet, with just a hint of sour, funky undertones in the background.  On the palate, it's sweet (almost a bit too much so?) with a mild earthy, lactic flavor.  Crumbly, but not dry.  We picked this up at Schnuck's and, honestly, it's not bad, but it's not our favorite either?  It's rich and creamy, as Wensleydale should be, but there's not quite the tang necessary to balance the richness and the slight sweetness of the cranberries.  I'll have to give Coombe Castle's (our regular brand, at HyVee) another go to compare.  Nonetheless, not a bad cheese, if not stellar. 

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