Award-winning cheese-makers, The Wensleydale Creamery, based at Hawes in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, has launched a new blue cheese, adding to its artisan cheese portfolio.

The new cheese, Blue 16, a ‘modern-day blue cheese’ has been developed to appeal to blue cheese lovers looking for variety, combining traditional flavours with a modern twist.

Crafted and perfected during 2016, Blue 16 marks a significant milestone year for The Wensleydale Creamery in which its new dairy development at Hawes was completed.

An eye catching russet colour, Blue 16 is full of character. The creamy, velvety texture of the cheese leads you through to sweet caramel notes and a nutty, savoury flavour. It will join award-winning Wensleydale Blue; a delicately flavoured creamy blue cheese, that has a beautifully mellow, yet full flavour which appeals to both newcomers to blue cheese and connoisseurs alike, in The Wensleydale Creamery’s blue cheese range.

Sandra Bell, Marketing Manager for The Wensleydale Creamery, explains; “Blue cheese is synonymous with Christmas and during the festive season we see a huge rise in demand for our popular Wensleydale Blue, selling around double the volume versus a normal month. Christmas is an ideal time for customers looking to explore the varieties of blue cheese on the market and made it an ideal time for us to introduce Blue 16.”

“The Wensleydale Creamery is recognised for its quality and authenticity and whilst our cheese-making methods remain traditional, we constantly look to evolve and develop our cheese recipes to produce more award-winning varieties. Our skilled cheese-makers continue the art of hand-crafting cheese in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales using our own unique cheesemaking starter cultures and milk from local farms. There’s an appetite globally for discovering new tastes, and blue cheese has now become more accessible to consumers looking to explore new flavours”

The Wensleydale Creamery is widely recognised for its range of award-winning cheeses, having received almost 400 awards in the past decade. It’s Wensleydale Blue cheese, has picked up a number of notable accolades, including a Super Gold at the World Cheese Awards last year and Supreme Champion at the British Cheese Awards 2012.

Blue 16 is available from The Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre Cheese Shop and independent retailers.


  • Julie Heaviside

    Just visited your creamery last week. Purchased your blue 16. Love it. Are you supplying any of the supermarkets with this lovely cheese?

  • Adrian

    Where can I purchase Blue 16 ?

    • Wensleydale Creamery

      Hi, in addition to a number of independent farm shops and delis, we are stocked in a number of Asda stores (140g prepack).