Region: Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
Made by: David Jowett and Antony Curnow, King Stone Dairy
Milk Treatment: Pasteurised
Coagulant: Animal Rennet
Evenlode, named after a nearby village, is produced in the Cotswolds close to the Oxfordshire-Gloucestershire border, but its taste and style might suggest French provenance: this is a semi-soft, washed rind cheese, with a sticky orange outside. It is strong and savoury with complex nutty flavours. The cheese rind is pungent and, as you get closer to the centre, the cheese mellows taking on more lactic flavours.
The first batches were made without being washed but, being matured in humid conditions alongside Rollright cheese, they anyway took on the pungent flavour of a washed rind cheese. The cheese makers decided, as they put it, “not to fight what the cheese wanted to become”. So they developed a second washed cheese, a sister cheese to Rollright, one of contrasting character.