Cheesemonger's Special Selection

Each month we put together a carefully selected trio of cheeses with some complementary crackers. This selection is expertly chosen to balance or harmonise on your cheeseboard. Selections may be seasonal to showcase cheeses in their prime or shine a spotlight on producers from one area. We may also be celebrating a new addition to our Wall of Cheese or an award-winning cheese. Whatever the focus, you can look forward to receiving three very fine cheeses and the ideal crackers to serve along with them. Read more

This selection includes:

  • 3 cheeses (weighing approximately 200g each) - for March: Traditional Welsh Caerphilly , Celtic Promise, Cashel Blue plus a box of crisp Toasts, crammed with sweet fig and sultanas.

Tasting notes

With celebration of both the Patron Saint days of St. David and St. Patrick this month, our March selection brings you a trio of fantastic cheeses from Wales and Ireland. No Welsh cheese board would be complete without Caerphilly. Enjoy this crumbly classic alongside lesser-known Celtic Promise and Ireland's original blue cheese, Cashel Blue. We've chosen crisp Toasts, crammed with sweet fig and sultanas, to particularly complement the soft texture and delicious saltiness of this blue cheese.

Caws Teifi Traditional Welsh Caerphilly - From the Teifi Valley in west Wales, this Traditional Welsh Caerphilly is moist and crumbly with a delicate flavour and fresh lemony notes. Made by Caws Teifi this cheese is steeped in Welsh heritage, taking its name from the town where the cheese originated, eight miles north of Cardiff. Production of Caerphilly cheese dates back to the early 19th Century when it was a popular food for local miners. Since 2018 Traditional Welsh Caerphilly (or Caerffili in Welsh) has enjoyed Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status similar to Champagne and Melton Mowbray pork pies. It must be made from milk produced by Welsh farms from cows fed a predominantly forage based diet. Traditional Welsh Caerphilly is delicious on a cheese board accompanied by the fresh acidity of a crisp apple or handful of grapes. It is well matched with a citrusy ale or white Burgundy, and makes a truly authentic Welsh supper when baked with leeks and served on toast. Unpasteurised cow’s milk / Traditional rennet.

Celtic Promise - a semi-soft washed rind cheese also made by Caws Teifi. It is one of only two cheeses to win twice the title of 'Supreme Champion' at the British Cheese Awards (1998 and 2005). Made from locally sourced raw cow's milk, this dumpling shaped cheese has the slightly sticky, orangey-pink rind typical of a washed rind cheese. This spicy rind gives Celtic Promise a pungent, fruity aroma contrasting with its milder, buttery paste that is vibrant yellow and supple in texture. Celtic Promise is made to a Caerphilly-style recipe on the Caws Teifi farm in Wales. It is then moved to East Sussex for maturation where it is smear-ripened and washed in cider twice weekly for eight weeks. Celtic Promise tastes great with an accompaniment of sweet apple chutney. It also melts beautifully (similar to Raclette and Ogleshield) making it the perfect ingredient for an indulgent Welsh rarebit or on top of a jacket potato. Unpasteurised Cow’s Milk / Vegetarian rennet.

Cashel Blue - from County Tipperary is the Irish star of our Slate wall of cheese. It takes its name from the region's historic landmark, the 'Rock of Cashel'. According to local folklore, it was at this medieval castle that St. Patrick began conversion of the pagan Irish to Christianity, using a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. Created by Jane Grubb in the early 1980s, Cashel Blue was the first blue cheese produced in Ireland. With a chalky white paste that is well marbled with blue veins, Cashel Blue is characterful but not strong. It is matured for three to six months. With age its colour darkens to buttery-yellow and it becomes creamier in taste. Its flavours become more balanced as the saltiness, blueness and gentle milky elements integrate together. The natural rind of Cashel Blue is edible and saltier than the centre of the cheese. Pasteurised Cow’s Milk / Vegetarian rennet.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
You’d Cheddar believe it!

As a first time customer with Slate I had a good customer experience. Wonderful selection cheeses, packed and delivered as promised and greatly appreciated by the recipient as a birthday treat. Would highly recommend them and will be ordering again.


Lovely cheese , always comes well packed and insulated and the bonus is you can choose delivery day. Have had several deliveries this year, including Father’s Day , the socks included were different. Very happy dad . The Waterloo was amazing and when we can go to Alderburgh love the Sparkenhoe Blue . Just ordered the January lucky dip

Fabulous pressie!

We ordered both father’s the June monthly cheese selection. They were delivered on time, thoughtfully and practically packaged and overall delicious cheeses! Thanks for helping us make two men very happy!

Lockdown Father's Day Gift

My Dad was delighted with June's cheese box, he loved the choice and variety offered and had already decided to order himself more. The delivery was fantastic also and took into account the busy delivery schedules

So good we went back for seconds

My wife is a great fan of goats cheese and I ordered the selection as a treat in these virus struck times. It was so good she ordered another for herself which was equally as tasty