Leeds Blue

Rich, creamy and piquant.

  • Pasteurised
  • Sheep's Milk

Mario Olianas moved to Yorkshire from Italy in 2001.  Hailing from an Italian family of budding gourmets and cheese-makers, Mario uses sheep’s milk from Harrogate to create this smooth, rich and creamy Leeds Blue.

Made by Mario Olianas in Otley, near Leeds, West Yorkshire.

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Brought up in Sardinia, Mario Olianas comes from a strong family of Italian gastronomes.

Moving to Leeds in 2001, he quickly set about realising his passion for food – by setting up Italian supper clubs and baking fine foods.  Upon hearing about his family’s diversification into cheese-making, however, Mario decided he wanted to create a better Italian cheese than his brothers’, who make pecorino-style cheeses in their homes in Sardinia in the classical Italian way.

Getting hold of a small vat, he started making cheese in a specially converted room within his house, following an adapted Gorgonzola recipe.  He uses fresh sheep’s milk which he collects daily from just outside Harrogate, and cultures imported from Italy.

Ingredients: Milk, salt, cheese cultures and rennet.

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Customer reviews

  1. helenca

    A lovely smooth texture, really quite mild for a blue, with the soft taste of a sheep’s milk cheese. worth having again.

  2. Dave Riley

    Smooth but not too smooth. Cuts almost like a crumbly cheese and has a subtle taste. Not one to blow your socks off by any means, more a luxerious comforting taste.
    I really like this one.

  3. Caroline

    Creamy, luxurious, I loved it. I put mine on a salt base for a bit and the flavour was more intense. On order again. My favourite blue cheese to date.

  4. David Archdale

    Bought in Borough Market. Delicious, beautifully balanced, smooth but with some punch.

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