Little Derby is a cheddar-style cheese washed in red wine. It has a strong flavour, though quite different from the dry bite of a traditional mature cheddar – more a kind of pungent taste. A far cry from the mild and mellow Sage Derby from the same producer.
Fowler’s of Earlswood, in Warwickshire, make our Sage Derby. Slightly less alarming looking than other sage derbies, which come marbled green, this one has an altogether more sophisticated look, with a layer of the tasty herb through the centre and a sprinkling on top. It’s a beautiful mellow creamy cheese with a savoury sage flavour.
And it gives me the perfect excuse for some children’s telly nostalgia. Herbidacious….