Highland Fine Cheeses has seen its Morangie Brie named Best Scottish Cheese at the British Cheese Awards 2022.
The mellow and tranquil brie, which is produced at Blarliath Farm in Tain, took the trophy after more than 500 cheeses were judged in a single day at The Bath & West Showground on Wednesday 5 October, as the British Cheese Awards returned following a two-year hiatus.
Trophies were awarded to all category and national winners with the Supreme Champion award going to Ashcombe by King Stone Dairy in Gloucestershire. Further awards went to the Hampshire Cheese company.
Owner of Highland Fine Cheeses, Rory Stone, said: “for our Morangie Brie to be present in the same category, albeit a bit behind, such products as Ashcombe, Winslade and Tunworth from Hampshire Cheese is quite something.
“They are absolutely excellent examples of the cheesemaker’s craft and we are honoured to have been awarded the accolade of Best Scottish Cheese.”
The British Cheese Awards is the UK’s leading cheese and dairy products awards scheme, judging hundreds of entries each year that represent over 75% of the nation’s producers.
As well as the Best Scottish Cheese Award, Highland Fine Cheeses also won bronze in the following categories:
- SOFT WHITE – Class BCA8 Cow [up to 500gm] = Morangie Brie
- RIND WASHED & SEMI-SOFT – Class BCA14 Semi Hard/Hard = Fat Cow
Bringing cheesemakers, cheesemongers, farmers, retailers and buyers together on the judging panel, the British Cheese Awards assesses entries in a wide range of traditional categories, awarding bronze, silver and gold prizes, as well as trophies for the stand-out cheese in each category and each country.
The British Cheese Awards joined forces with The Dairy Show for the first time in 2022, presenting a packed one-day programme of seminars and competitions, alongside the popular trade exhibition.
Other Highland Fine Cheeses products Blue Murder and Fat Cow won big at two other highly respected cheese award competitions recently with two gold, one silver, and two bronze successes.