UK Cheese Tour: Flower Marie

There is something about a lonely last wedge of cheese in a shop that draws me in. Maybe it’s because it looks so sad hanging out amongst the larger wheels or possibly because it means this particular cheese is so popular it’s  selling out fast.  Whatever the reason, I usually feel compelled to buy that last bite regardless of taste and throw caution to the wind. Fortunately, Flower Marie did not disappoint.

A strange little cheese, Flower Marie is made with sheep’s milk which gives it a slightly sweet flavor. Beneath the white mushroomy rind is a layer of gooey runny goodness followed by a soft fatty and firmer center.  The taste is as complex as the construction going from sweet and lemony to nutty and tangy.  Overall, a truly sexy wedge of cheese suitable for casual and formal serving.

Flower Marie is created by Allison and Kevin Blunt of the Golden Cross Cheese company at their farm at Whitesmith, East Sussex. Sadly, it is only available in the UK which is even more reason for me to return as soon as possible.

Due to the intensity of this cheese as it ages, steer clear of highly acidic fruits like oranges and go for the blackberries and apples instead. Red or white of pretty much any varietal would pair with Flower Marie nicely.

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