Just before Christmas, my friend L challenged me to try Cashel Blue cheese against Stilton Blue and to decide on which is the better cheese. His mind was made up and he wanted a second opinion. Being Irish and proud of it, I have my own natural leanings. The Other Half was born in London and she carried a vote too. I reckon that levels the pitch. For complete transparency, I must admit that I did bump into two of the Grubb family (makers of Cashel Blue) at a cheese tasting recently. This had no influence on my decision. I mention it to avoid unfounded accusations of bias. To further flatten the pitch, I bought the cheeses in that bastion of Britishness, Marks & Spencer.
Port and Stilton is a traditional seasonal classic. What better way to compare these cheese giants than over a glass or two of vintage port? A bottle of Taylors 1982 provided the backdrop.
The Stilton was good. Very good. It was crumbly, had that beautiful salty taste and was well veined with mould. However, the Cashel Blue won out. It was creamier and worked better with the port. The Other Half voted likewise. This is L’s opinion too. A couple of others have also agreed with comments like “Cashel, of course” and “No contest, Cashel”. Traditionalists may be horrified but who cares? The port was pretty excellent. We might have another round this evening.