A Perthshire cheese made with The Glenturret malt whisky has been named best Scottish cheese at the Royal Highland Show.
The Strathearn Cheese Company’s Strathearn cheese also won the reserve championship award and a prestigious gold medal at the event.
Business partners Drew Watson and Pierre Leger launched the business last January in the former Cultybraggan prisoner-of-war camp near Comrie after converting the camp’s old kitchen and cowshed into a creamery.
The duo stick to local ingredients as much as they can, which made The 10-year-old Glenturret, produced at the nearby Glenturret Distillery in Crieff, a natural choice.
Strathearn is a rennet set, cow’s milk cheese which is hand-washed with a brine that’s flavoured with a 10-year-old Glenturret malt whisky. The brine, along with a four-week maturation process, gives the cheese a hint of a whisky that also prides itself on being hand-made.
The artisanal cheese, which is sold in farmers’ markets, delicatessens and farm shops, has already won a gold medal at the world cheese awards in San Sebastian in Spain.
The company’s other product, The Lady Mary, a soft creamy cheese flavoured with wild garlic and truffle oil won a bronze medal at the Royal Highland Show.
Stuart Cassells, General Manager at Glenturret Distillery, added: “I’d like to congratulate Drew and Pierre on this incredible achievement, especially since The Strathearn Cheese company has been operating for just over a year and a half. I’m especially delighted since the product is the result of an exciting collaboration between two local businesses with the same high regard for quality and hand finish.
“At Glenturret, Scotland’s oldest working distillery, our stillmen still mash ingredients by hand. That’s why we’re so thrilled that our now 240-year-old brand is appearing in this award-winning, hand-made cheese. I feel sure The Strathearn Cheese Company will continue to be a delicious hit with consumers.”
Andrew Watson, co-owner of the Strathearn Cheese Company, added: “This is such a great honour for the Strathearn Cheese Company as it means that out of every cheese producer entered, which includes some incredible products, we have been named the best in Scotland. Pierre and I are absolutely thrilled with the honour, particularly as it acknowledges our collaboration with the Glenturret Distillery.”
For more on The Glenturret visit www.theglenturret.com
For more information about Strathearn Cheese visit www.strathearncheese.co.uk