I mentioned in Our Trip To Arran post that we visited the Isle Of Arran Cheese Shop where my mum and her friend spend a lot of money of different cheeses. My mum kindly bought me three, which I’ve finally been able to try.
Shop and Online Store.
The shop itself is small but full of many varieties of cheeses with observation windows where you can see the cheeses being made. There was plenty of testers and the staff didn’t seem to mind that we kept going back for more. The staff was friendly and helpful.
Their website arranscheeseshop.co.uk is easy to navigate, where you can purchase hampers that are pre-made or you can create your own hamper. Alternatively you can purchase the cheeses on their own. I like how the site gives serving suggestions for each to their products. As a bit of a cheese novice I need all the help I can get to prevent me from just slapping it on a slice of bread,
If you do happen to order online there is a standard delivery charge of £7.20, with delivery generally taking 2 days.
Raspberry Infused Cranberry Cheddar Cheese
Described as – If you try it you’ll buy it! This combination came from my farming days when my sandwiches were always cheddar cheese and raspberry jam (try it).
So the sharpness of the raspberry combines with the cheddar to give a fantastic taste experience.
Serving Suggestions: On Arran Oaties, on a cheeseboard or try dunking in honey.
Of the three this is my favourite. The combination of the sweetness from the raspberry and cranberry with the mild smooth tasting cheddar is simply delicious. It goes well with the flavoured crackers I have, but is much better suited to be eaten ok it’s own.
Smokey Garlic Cheddar Cheese
Described as -Smokin! So take our smoked cheese, add some nippy garlic bits and wow – this’ll keep the vampires at bay!
Serving Suggestions: Great on a cheeseboard or chopped into small cubes and sprinkled on a bowl of chilli.
N.B. Don’t eat before going winching
The smokey garlic cheddar is nice but a little overpowering for my taste buds. It’s best in small quantities. I ate it with some crackers but may try the serving suggestion of putting into into chilli or maybe even bolognese. I’m probably going to end up giving the majority of it away though as it is that little bit too strong for me.
Caramelised Onion Cheddar Cheese
Describes as – Slow Matured Scottish Cheddar with Arran Fine Foods Caramelised Onion.
Cheese and onion being a classic combination this twist of caramelised onion adds a sweetness that works like a dream.
Serving Suggestions: Serve with some fresh salad leaves, apple, celery and a light dressing for a delicious lunch or starter.
Like the cheese heathen I am, I decided the best way to eat this is as a cheese board. It was really nice, not too overpowering with a smooth taste. Having it in a salad does sound really nice with some balsamic vinegar and crunch leaves. My mouth is watering as I type.
Of the three cheeses that were bought for me, I will definitely be repurchasing the Raspberry Infused Cranberry Cheddar and the Caramelised Onion Cheddar.
Have you tried any of Arran Cheese cheeses? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions of other cheeses I should try.