I'll keep it short and sweet this week – I'm run off my feet and I'm sure you are too!
If you haven't come down to the shops yet, you'll find our Christmas opening times at the bottom of this newsletter. Please note that we'll be closing early at 4pm on Christmas Eve – make sure you're stocked up!
All the best in cheese George Mewes
Brillat Savarin/Brie a la Truffe
If you can't indulge yourself at Christmas, when can you do it? And if you're going for full on decadence, then grab yourself some of our wickedly sinful festive Brillat-Savarin and Brie a la Truffe! Brillat-Savarin, above, is what's known as a triple cream cheese – double cream is added to full fat milk before it's curded and the cheese is soft-ripened for a couple of weeks in a dry cellar. This is where it develops a natural bloomy rind and a rich texture like a dense clotted cream. It's quite a skilful process too as the high fat content requires careful handling to produce a buttery paste with mushroomy undertones and a delicately sour lactic acidity. Totally delicious on its own but you can add to the decadence by munching it with fresh sweet strawberries or dribbling a wee bit of floral honey on it. Made with pasteurised cow's milk and natural rennet. We also have truffle Brillat-Savarin in a lovely presentation box for an amazing Christmas present!
Meanwhile, there's also our rich and indulgent Brie a la Truffe, above. Picture pressing a cheese knife into that gooey paste and spreading its stickiness onto crusty French bread, to enjoy with a chilled glass of champagne! Made from raw milk in Meuses, Lorraine, it's buttery and creamy with a sandwich filling of creme fraiche and chopped black truffles. The truffles bring out the earthy, yeasty mushroom-like qualities of the brie, while the brie rounds the flavour of the truffle into a massively aromatic depth. Just the sort of creamy luxury that's needed on a cold winter's evening!
Glasgow staff take a well-earned coffee break!
Stocking Filler of the Week!
Sebastian Kobelt Chocolate
Slip one of these into a chocolate lover's stocking and make it the best Christmas ever! Premier chocolatier Sebastian Kobelt has a shop in Linlithgow where he lovingly prepares some of the best chocolate you will ever taste – just the kind of luxury foodie gift that will go down a treat! Sebastian is a World Chocolate Masters finalist, having won the German title, and has worked in the Kitchin and Castle Terrace restaurants, as well as developing a range for the food court at Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh. His amazing chocolate bars – dark Ecuador, Madagascar with black sesame, caramelised white chocolate and Papua New Guinea milk chocolate – really are superb and will be talked about long after the festivities are over. Available now at George Mewes Cheese in Byres Road, Glasgow, and Stockbridge, Edinburgh!
GOAT Rachel – Semi-hard, orangey-brown washed rind, delicate, fragrant and smooth with a sweet tang and slightly nutty taste. Unpasteurised, vegetarian rennet, from England.
EWE Manchego Ojos del Guadiana – Rich, creamy, sweet, piquant, aromatic, fruity and savoury with subtle nutty notes and an aftertaste of sheep's milk. Unpasteurised, traditional rennet, from Spain.
Black Bomber – Smooth, rich, creamy and tangy with a long deep flavour and crystalline crunches. Pasteurised cow’s milk and vegetarian rennet, from Wales.
CONTINENTAL Comté – Firm, slightly grainy and very dense ivory to yellow paste. Nutty and sweet with a long creamy finish. Unpasteurised cow’s milk and traditional rennet, from France.
Vacherin Mont d'Or –Soft, creamy and very more-ish, hints of meadow flowers and white wine with a woody finish. Unpasteurised cow's milk, traditional rennet, from France.
Stichelton – Smooth, buttery, rich, lactic, salty and spicy with meaty undertones. Unpasteurised cow’s milk, traditional rennet, from England.
A gift voucher might be the last resort for many as Christmas Day approaches – but a George Mewes gift voucher is something else entirely! Let the food lover in your life browse our amazing range of cheeses and accompaniments, safe in the knowledge that someone else paid for it! And you can guarantee that they won't leave disappointed! Available in £5, £10 and £20 values.
Don't forget we also have a range of George Mewes accessories which make ideal Christmas gifts and stocking fillers – you can find them here.