We had our annual Cheese Off just before Christmas and it's only now we've recovered sufficiently to talk about it.
The Cheese Off is where the innocent Cheese Club all get together and taste the winning cheeses from the previous year.
1 room, 10 cheeses, 40 judges and a whole lot of wine. Think 12 Angry Men but with fairylights and chutney.
There were lots of strong contenders but it was the Epoisses that finally triumphed as the outright champion for 2007 on the night. So ripe for the fight was Napoleon's favourite cheese, that we had to serve it with a spoon.
Will J described it as tasting 'like a ghost train at the fair. Scary but sleazy.' His other cheese tasting notes included 'car crash cheese', 'light jazz brown' and 'similar to an autumn walk with deer.' Clearly a man who knows his cheese.
Big thanks to the lovely Ruth and Oliver at the Fine Cheese Company, Sara and Rhuraidh at Paxton and Whitfield, Deanna at Inverawe and La Fromagerie for supplying the cheese and to Kelly's dad for making sure we had oatcakes a plenty.