What’s it taste like? Contrary to popular belief there is no pear such as the ‘Stinking Bishop’. The variety used in the perry (pear-based cider) in which this famous cheese is washed is actually called ‘Moorcroft’. The truth is is that the perry itself is eponymous with a malodourous and drunken member of a local family from yesteryear called Bishop who is said to have created the cider. This is a phenomenal cheese with a superb name and one of our favourites. It has a soft texture and a strong taste, which isn’t quite as pungent as the name would suggest but extremely tasty. Similar to an Epoisses but not quite as strong and a bit sturdier.
Where’s it from? Made with pasteurised cows milk and vegetarian rennet by Charles Martell in Dymock, Gloucestershire. It comes as a 500g whole circular cheese in a wooden case.
Stinking Bishop and Ham Hock Tart
Read more about Stinking Bishop in our feature ‘Stinking Bishop: the story of a masterpiece’ here