Grandma Singleton’s Creamy (Wensleydale) Cranberry Cheese is imported into Canada by Agropur. Grandma Singleton’s Cheese comes from Mill Farm, Longridge, Preston, Lancashire, England.
I will admit that I was attracted to this cheese by the packaging. The cheese is wrapped in a plastic that looks like burlap fabric. It looks like it came straight from the farm. There is a picture of motherly Grandma Singleton on the label and she is surrounded by cranberries and leaves.
What I did find strange was that the word Wensleydale does not appear on the front of the package … anywhere. You have to pick up the cheese and turn it over to learn that it is a Wensleydale style cheese.
I can only assume that Singleton’s did some marketing experiment and found the phrase Creamy Cranberry Cheese to outsell the phrase Wensleydale Cranberry Cheese and therefore the label was changed accordingly. Even more ironic is that Wensleydale is far from creamy.
The Singleton’s Cheese Company began when Duillia Singleton began making cheese on their family farm back in 1934. Currently Singleton’s offers 30 different cheese products exported to 30 different countries under the guidance of Grandma Singleton’s great grand-daughter, Tilly Carefoot. All of the cow’s milk to make Singleton’s cheese comes from within a 12 mile radius of their dairy. They make and mature the cheese on-site.
What does Grandma Singleton’s Creamy (Wensleydale) Cheese with Cranberry taste like? Singleton’s has classified this cheese as a dessert cheese. It is creamy white with small cranberries generously scattered throughout. The cheese is mild, milky, salty and balances well with the sweetness of the cranberries. I found the cheese to be dryish and crumbly but complemented well by the soft moist texture of the cranberries. This is not a cheese for spreading. It is a stand alone and really requires no pairing since that part has already been done for you by inclusion of the cranberry. Did I like this cheese? – Yes. It is visually attractive. It is a different style as opposed to cheddar, gouda or blue cheese. It works on a cheeseboard … especially a dessert cheese board.
Due to the crumbly nature of the cheese it makes a good salad topping. I crumbled some on a spinach salad with pomegranate and blueberries. It turned out marvelous.