Young Buck

Creamy, smooth, blue.

  • Unpasteurised
  • Cows' Milk

An outstanding, recent, raw-milk blue cheese from Northern Ireland.  An interesting take on an ancient blue cheese recipe, Young Buck cheese is traditionally-made and hand-ladled to produce a rich, lingering flavour.
An impressive debut cheese.

1.3Kg – Half Moon of Young Buck
2.6Kg – Wheel of Young Buck
4Kg – Half a Young Buck
8Kg – Whole Young Buck

Made by Michael Thomson of Mike’s Fancy Cheese Co. at Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland.

More about this

The genius behind Young Buck Cheese is Michael Thomson.  One of a new generation of cheese-makers, he studied cheese-making at the School of Artisan Food (a fellow student of Andy, managing partner of The Courtyard Dairy).  Whilst studying, he went on placements at Stichelton and Montgomery’s.  After graduation, he joined Sparkenhoe Farm as a cheese-maker, responsible for their Red Leicester and developing their unpasteurised Battlefield Blue.

However Mike’s ambition was always to return to Northern Ireland to make raw (unpasteurised milk) cheese.  Struggling to find funding through standard methods, Mike eventually managed to obtain the necessary capital by using an online ‘crowd-funding’ site, with over 100 investors.

Naming the business ‘Mike’s Fancy Cheese Co.’ (taken from a quote from James Long’s 1896 cheese-making book, describing one man as a producer of ‘fancy cheese’), the development of his cheese-making facility took place in late 2013.  Sourcing milk from a small farm ten miles away (140 milking cattle), Mike daily collects 600 litres of milk, returning to his vat to make 27 Young Bucks each week (compare that with Stichelton, who make around 30 wheels a day, and Colston Bassett, one of the smallest Stilton dairies, at 155 a day).

Young Buck is based on an old text on Stilton that Mike found.  Different from modern-day Stilton, it is made outside the region with unpasteurised milk, a slow-gentle acidification of the curd and hand-ladling, but it retains some similarities – rubbing up, hastening (to encourage a ruby-red yeast rind) and piercing late to encourage blueing.  It is then aged for 12-15 weeks before being split and sold by The Courtyard Dairy only at its peak.

When fully mature it is rich, creamy and rounded with a long-lingering finish and just a touch of Northern Ireland.

This product will have two weeks’ shelf life from the date of delivery.  Conveniently, at checkout you can choose a delivery date even well in the future if you would like your cheese delivering for a specific event.

Ingredients: Milk, salt, cheese cultures and rennet.

Customer reviews

  1. Alyson Clarke

    I bought this cheese at the fair in Ballycastle today and it is superb. The creamy flavour and long finish leaves you wanting some more. Looking forward to having it with boiled potatoes for tea . Well Done !

  2. Alistair Gray

    I bought this for a family gathering and everyone was astounded at how good it was….couldn’t have enjoyed it more !

  3. Mark Jordan

    I had this cheese at Deans Eipic restaurant last night. I am not normally keen on blue cheese and I initially asked the waiter to leave it off the cheese board. After he described all the cheeses I decided to give it a try. Oh my! It was nothing short of sensational. It created an immediate shift in my attitude towards blue cheese and was by far the nicest cheese on the board and quite possibly the nicest cheese I have ever tasted in my 57 years of being a bit of a foodie! It was so delicious I had an emotional reaction to my first mouthful and I now find myself at 4.00 am scouring the internet for more information on it and a source to purchase it from. I am actually excited about taking delivery of my first wedge of it!

  4. John Bunting

    I love Stilton. Not any more. Young buck for me. Brilliant cheese. Great taste. Texture superb. John.

  5. Gail

    We had this cheese at The Loose Cannon on Drury Sreet, Dublin. Absolutely amazing and now converted

  6. Christine Crawford

    Oh…My…Word…what an incredible masterpiece of a cheese! ?
    My Son first got it for me as part of a cheese box for Mother’s Day and I was hooked! Once opened it never gets chance to return to the fridge…it’s just so addictive… My daughter made me laugh, when for my birthday, she went in and not really knowing what quantity, just asked for ‘some Young Buck’ for her Mum!!! ???

  7. Steven W

    Farewell, Stilton!

    Wonderful taste and texture.

    Utterly delicious.

    Peerless in blue cheeses

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