WHAT IS COTSWOLD?
This cow’s milk, additive cheese from England is a bit confusing. The proper English name for it is Double Gloucester with Onion and Chive. However a clever company (Long Clawson) trademarked the name “Cotswold” and introduced it to the USA as such. Much like tissues vs. Kleenex, a confusing new name was born. The cheese tends to be a pasteurized, crumbly, yellow-orange color. There are processed versions as well as “natural” ones. Cotswold is a high-end supermarket cheese that is naturally popular with kids and lovers of onions.
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WHERE IS COTSWOLD MADE?
Created in Gloucestershire, today Double Gloucester with Onion and Chive can be found in industrial facilities in general and English pubs in particular. The name comes from the Cotswolds, an area of the south central England known for its scenic beauty. The land is rich in limestone dating back to when dinosaurs ate our mammalian cousins in place of cheese.
LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER FINALLY GETS LUCKY IN COTSWOLD?
Cotswold is an area rich in history, wealth and churches. When D.H. Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” was first published 100 years ago, it was banned in many places as obscene. However in February 2017 it finally played in Cotswold for the first time! Cotswold was not unique in this, other countries in Europe and the States received the work with similar approbation. France was the one exception. There it was received as a well written how-to guide.
WHAT CAN I PAIR THIS CHEESE WITH?
In terms of beverages, you’re pairing more to the onion and chive flavor then you are to the cheese which acts as a fatty vehicle of flavor transport. So beer works well in general, or wine’s that go with chives or scallions. Honestly I’d stick to non-assuming whites or beer. In terms of cheese flights, I’m not really a fan. This cheese works better as an ingredient. Or as something to munch on in a pub, single and you know that the situation isn’t changing in the next few hours (aka onion breath is ok).