Claxstone Smooth Blue Named The World’s Best Cheese

A medium-strength blue cheese produced in the heart of rural England has been named the best cheese for 2013 at an international cheese show billed as the largest in the world.

The Claxstone Smooth Blue, produced by Long Clawson Dairy in Leicestershire, England beat out 4,285 other cheeses to be declared the “supreme champion” at the 116th edition of the International Cheese Awards Nantwich last week.

Cheeses were submitted from 27 countries.

The cheesemakers describe their blue as soft, balanced, creamy and mild. Milk used for the cheese comes from cows that are left to graze on some of the greenest pastures in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.

Other winners this year included the Extra Creamy Gorgonzola produced by Arrigoni in Italy which took the title of Nantwich Reserve Supreme Champion, and the U.K.’s Belton Cheese which took the National Westminster trophy for the highest number of gold awards.

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