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Irish goat's cheese wins top accolade in British Cheese Awards

26 September 2011 by
Irish goat's cheese wins top accolade in British Cheese Awards

A goat's cheese from County Kilkenny was named the Supreme Champion of the 18th British Cheese Awards last Friday at a ceremony that signalled the start of British Cheese Week.

Kilree Goat's Cheese - made by www.thecheeseweb.com/contentok.php?id=17">http://www.thecheeseweb.com/contentok.php?id=17" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese ](http://www.knockdrinna.com/)

The recently-created cheese is made from milk sourced from a certified local herd of pasture-grazed goats and is characterised by a fine, orange, slightly sticky and leathery rind concealing a smooth, pale ivory interior that breaks into large flakes. Its complex flavours includes hints of almonds and marzipan that give way to hints of sea mist, lush green grass, wild garlic and chives.

The awards attracted more than 900 entries from more than 200 British and Irish cheese makers. The contenders included nearly 700 vegetarian cheeses, 170 raw milk cheeses, 110 organic varieties, 60 blues and more than 40 goat and ewe's milk lines.

Details of all 22 category winners can be viewed on the [British Cheese Awards](http://www.thecheeseweb.com/contentok.php?id=488) website.

â- [British Cheese Week runs from 23 September to 2 October.

THE WINNERS

BEST ENGLISH -
Devon Blue
Ticklemore Cheese, Totnes, Devon

BEST SCOTTISH CHEESE -
Criffel
Loch Arthur Creamery, Beeswing, Dumfries

BEST WELSH -
Teifi Farmhouse
Teifi Farmhouse Cheese. Teifi Valley, Carmarthenshire

BEST IRISH -
Kilree Goat Cheese
Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese, Stoneyford, Co. Kilkenny

BEST NEW CHEESE RETAILER -
Nicola & James Grant
No 2 Pound Street, Wendover, Buckinghamshire

CHEESE PERSON OF THE YEAR
Stuart Dowle
Quickes Traditional, Newton St Cyres, Devon

BEST BRITISH CHEESEBOARD -
Scott & Lisa Hessell
The Old Bore, Rishworth, West Yorkshire

BEST GOAT CHEESE -
Killeen
Killeen Farmhouse Chees, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

BEST ORGANIC CHEESE
Loch Arthur Farmhouse
Loch Arthur Creamery, Beeswing, Dumfries

BEST PDO/PGI CHEESE -
Denhay Mature Farmhouse Cheddar
Denhay Farms, Bridport, Dorset

BEST FRESH CHEESE -
Dorstone Goat's Cheese
Neal's Yard Creamery, Dorstone, Herefordshire

BEST SOFT WHITE CHEESE -
St Eadburgha Brie
Gorsehill Abbey Farm, Broadway, Worcestershire

BEST SEMI-SOFT CHEESE -
Kilree Goat's Cheese
Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese, Stoneyford, Co. Kilkenny

BEST CHEDDAR -
Traditional Mild Cheddar
Quickes Traditional Ltd, Newton St Cyres, Devon

BEST TERRITORIAL (NON-CHEDDAR) -
Crumbly Lancashire
Belton Cheese Ltd, Whitchurch, Shropshire

BEST TRADITIONAL -
Single Gloucester PDO
Smart's Traditional Gloucester Cheese, Churcham, Gloucestershire

BEST MODERN BRITISH -
Lord of the Hundred Ewe's Cheese
Traditional Cheese Dairy Co, Stonegate, East Sussex

BEST BLUE CHEESE -
Barkham Blue
Two Hoots Cheese, Barkh, Berkshire

BEST FLAVOUR ADDED CHEESE -
Smoked Red Leicester
Belton Cheese Ltd, Whitchurch, Shropshire

BEST NEW CHEESE -
Federia
Larkton Hall Cheese, Malpas, Cheshire

BEST CREAMERY CHEESE -
Lake District Mature Cheddar
Lake District Cheese Co, Wigton, Cumbria

BEST EXPORT CHEESE -
Goat's Cheddar
Quickes Traditional Ltd, Newton St Cyres, Devon

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