Based on Langres, the pungent French washed-rind cheese, Edmund Tew is similarly ‘washed’ to give the cheese it’s characteristic orange colour. This also breaks down the edge of the cheese giving it a savoury farmyard buttery-ness to contrast its acidic, lactic core.
The name comes from a Mr Edmund Tew, who in 1829, was sent to Australia as a punishment for stealing cheese.
Made by David Holton and Tim Jarvis on Common Work Organic Farm in Chiddingstone Kent.
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The Courtyard Dairy met Dave when he came here on a cheese-making seminar in 2018 with several other cheese-makers to look at how to make ‘natural-cheese’; that being made using starter cultures produced on your own farm [more about that here >]. Dave paid for his attendance on the course in cheese; and the relationship between the two business’ was born.
Australian born David Holton started out making cheese in the Yarra Valley, Australia. But after setting out for a quick internship visit to Neals Yard Dairy in 2010, he’s never left the UK. After 3 years at Neals Yard, David returned to cheese-making, setting up Blackwoods Cheese in the centre of London, soon to be joined by fellow ex-Neal’s Yard employee Tim Jarvis. Sourcing their milk from Common Work Organic Farm, they made their cheese within central London, making a feta (called Graceburn). But then an opportunity arose to move their cheese-making to Common Work Farm itself, allowing them to be closer to where the cows are being milked and giving them more space to grow to make a greater range of cheeses.
This small farm produces organic milk from a mixed breed of 240 cattle with Friesians, Swedish Reds and Montebeliarde bred in. The Swedish Reds help to increase the butter fat concentration in the milk, while the milk from Montebeliarde’s has a high level of protein and is famed for its cheese making qualities.
Their latest cheese creation, Edmund Tew, is based on that of the washed rinded, lactic cheeses of France, like Langres. Hand-ladled and acidic set, it has a sharp core but an orange-yeasty rind that breaks down the rim to give it meaty-savoury flavours.
Taking its name from David’s heritage, “Edmund Tew” is named after a man from Leicestershire who was convicted of stealing cheese in the 1800s and sentenced to 7 years in Australia; “The prisoner heard his sentence with the most perfect indifference.” – Leicester Chronicle, 1829.
This product will have two weeks shelf life from the date of delivery. Conveniently, at checkout you can choose a delivery date well in the future if you would like your cheese delivering for a specific event.