As a self confessed vegan cheese fiend I obviously needed to get my paws on some more of their cashew cheeses and luckily the lovely peep's at Nutcrafter were more than happy to send some new flavours my way. My package included the The Volcanic, an extra aged black ash covered cheese, and The Indulgent, a fresh chive chèvre, as well as their almond parmesan, and a jar of their delicious cream cheese.
The Volcanic is definitely the best ash coated vegan cheese I've tried. This is probably a personal preference thing but I find that the black ash itself can sometimes be a little too intense overpowering the delicate flavours of the cheese itself but this was spot on and probably my favourite of the bunch.
Whilst my pre-vegan tastes leaned further towards a big block of cheddar or a tub of Philadelphia than anything decent there was a pizza place near me that used goats cheese on one of their pizzas. It was always my go-to order so this was an exciting one for me and the fact that I scoffed it all before it made it anywhere near a pizza says a lot about how delicious it was.
The Double Cream Frawmage was just as delightful as I remembered and it inserted itself just as well into my morning toast feasts as it had on my oat cake extravaganzas up in Scotland. Lastly The Prodigy, Nutcrafter's grated almond parmesan, was a total surprise as I didn't even realise that Nutcrafter made a parmesan. This nutty noochy powder is delicious over pasta or risotto and a jar of it would be the perfect addition to any festive foodie gift.
Nutcrafter Creamery cheeses are available at Infinity Foods in Brighton, Green Bay and Planet Organic in London, and at health food stores all over Scotland including Real Foods in Edinburgh and Roots, Fruits, and Flowers in Glasgow. Nut crafter Creamery also sell their cheeses online here.
I think that these cheeses are an absolute must for any vegan in the UK who has spent time lusting after the huge range of artisan nut based cheeses on the other side of the pond or for anyone looking to fancy up their cheese board this winter. I obviously need to eat all of these cheeses again as soon as possible and I can't wait to try both The Rebellious, their air aged roasted garlic cheese, and The Ancient, an amazing sounding extra aged gomasio cheddar style cheese. Bring on the cheese plates!
The cheeses featured in this post were provided free of charge for review purposes but as always all opinions are both totally unbiased and 100% my own.