Old Speckled Hen Cheese
© Denzil Green
Old Speckled Hen Cheese is a mild white cheddar with whole grain mustard seeds in it.
10% of the cheese mixture is “Old Speckled Hen” bitter ale made by the Greene King Brewery.
It is sold in 7 oz (200g) mini-blocks, or in 5 1/4 pound (2.4 kg) wheels. Both are coated in black wax.
The cheese is made by North Downs Dairy in Wincanton, Somerset, England, as part of their line of cheeses branded as “Pilgrims Choice.”
Old Speckled Hen Cheese appeared on the market in June 2004. Though made in England, it was actually first launched in America.
By the spring of 2005, the company had made it available to European and Asian customers as well.
Food Trade Review. Westerham, Kent, England. 1 March 2005. Page 178.