Our friend and neighbour, Mike’s Fancy Cheese, is proud to be creating a new tradition of raw milk cheese making in Northern Ireland.
The man behind MFC, Mike Thomson, went from cheese enthusiast at Arcadia Deli in Belfast to cheese making student at the School of Artisan Food, Nottinghamshire. Upon graduating he gained experience from some of the UK leading artisan cheese makers, before going on to be head cheese maker at Sparkenhoe Farm. With the desire to produce his own cheese within Northern Ireland Michael turned to crowdfunding platform, seedrs. Supported by friends and backed by 98 investors, he is now operating out of Newtownards, buying milk from a single herd and is supplying Northern Ireland with its first raw milk cheese, Young Buck.
Young Buck blue has a delicate tropical and salty flavour with peppery spicing towards the blue end. It is made in the Stilton style, but as a younger version and hence its name. The texture is sublime, wonderfully creamy that can only come from the skill of the cheese maker and the wonderful raw material, the unpasturised milk. Young Buck has a characteristic knobbly crust with a central smooth creamy blue-veined paste which becomes chalkier and slightly crumbly towards the edges. It pairs wonderfully with Port and a spicy Shiraz in general. A real favourite here with our staff and customers here at Indie HQ.