Now that The Lady and I have tasted “real” Caerphilly, we know the cheese reviewed below was reviewed properly… read our review of Todd Trethowan’s Gorwydd Caerphilly .
Vegetarian – Suitable
The description card in the Cheese Kiosk calls this English cheese a Cheddar; but according to one of The Lady’s customers, “it is NOT a cheddar; Caerphilly is a cheese all its own.” Because I love Cheddars, I am quite thankful that Caerphilly is “NOT a cheddar”.
This chalky white, dry, salty, crumbly Welsh Cheese tastes like paste; the kind humankind kids use for their crafts in school. Why anyone eats this cheese is beyond my feline brain function; but The Lady sells a lot of it…go figure.
There is a cheese legend (not to be confused with an urban legend) that this cheese was developed to be salty in order to replenish the salt lost by the local coal miners during their difficult, ten-hour, underground shifts.
Production of this cheese ceased during World War II when all milk allocated for cheese went to the cheddar factories. In my humble opinion, perhaps this would have been a good time to let Caerphilly’s memory go gently into the night and take its place in the Akashic Records (cheese section). But alas, that was not to be…
At the end of the war (and here’s where that pesky “follow the money” thingy comes in), those same cheddar factories began making Caerphilly to get the cash flowing. Why you ask…Caerphilly matures more quickly than Cheddar. With humankind, it’s pretty much always about the dollar or in this case, the quid…but I digress.
The Town of Caerphilly has an annual festival celebrating their contribution to the world of cheese. Ironically it’s called “The Big Cheese”.
Another bit of trivia about Caerphilly, it is one of the cheeses mentioned in the Monty Python “Cheese Shop” sketch. Note: mention is made of a certain feline foodie eating the Camembert in the shoppe…
This is one cheese that would benefit from the addition of anything that improves its taste…and I mean anything.
I give Caerphilly one Paw out of four Paws (cause that’s all I’ve got); and because it won’t kill you if you eat it.
Serving Suggestions: Don’t.
Wine and Beer Pairings: Anything that will kill the taste of the cheese.
Source: Cow’s Milk