Caerphilly Cheese

Jason: 3.5 stars
Nicole: 4 stars
Elliott: Thumbs Down


  • Giorwydd Caerphilly
  • Crackers
  • Apple slices

Where to Buy Caerphilly Cheese

We looked all over town for an authentic welsh caerphilly but nobody was selling it.  On a recent trip to Portland (see our Corned Beef and Cabbage blog) we stopped by City Market NW.  They had a really nice cheese case with British cheeses including Cheddars, Stilton, Shropshire and Caerphilly.  Not only did they have Caerphilly, but it was a Gorwydd which Mimi Sheraton calls one of the best in the book “1000 Foods to Eat Before You Die.”

Gorwydd Caerphilly is made in the old tradition with raw cow’s milk.  City Market NW labels it as oozy, mushroomy cream under the rind and musty, earthiness of the rind itself.  Watch the video below for a great look at the cheese makers.

Cheese Pairing

We tried this cheese on its own to start, but nobody really cared for it that way.  We then paired it with some British biscuits, water crackers and apple slices and this was when appreciated this cheese much more.

Gorwydd Caerphilly



I found the cheese to be a mixture of cheddar and brie, in the sense that it had a sort of sharp flavor while being a softer cheese.  It was pretty earthy, and I didn’t care for it as a tasting cheese.  However, I did like it when I melted it down a bit on a cracker and paired it with a slice of apple.  Heating it up toned down the earthiness, because of this I could see why this is a favorite cheese for a Welsh Rarebit.


This cheese was suggested to be enjoyed by women due to it’s “blandness.”  Not exactly how I would describe it.  The aroma of the cheese was similar to a brie but didn’t resemble that much in flavor until melted.  I honestly don’t know if the rind is edible like a brie but I stayed clear of it.  At about $30/pound I was glad we only treated ourselves to a small piece.

Will Kids Like It?

I don’t think that kids will like the earthy and mushroomy tones of this cheese.  However, Elliott did like it when it was melted on the water crackers with the apple slices.