May 28, 2009

Britain’s smelliest cheese ‘Stinking’

Judges at Britain's Smelliest Cheese Championships said the winning concoction, called Stinking Bishop, smells like a rugby club changing room.

Stinking Bishop, which was made by Charles Martell of Gloucestershire cheese maker Martell and Son, was chosen over a cheese called Driftwood by Whitelake Cheeses and a dairy product known as St. Oswald by Gorsehill Abbey at the contest, which was part of The Royal Bath and West Show in Shepton Mallet, England, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday.

I'm thrilled and surprised to win, Martell said. I hope more people will get into eating more speciality cheeses because there are so many in Britain -- more than in France.

Contest judges compared the odor of Stinking Bishop to that of a pungent rugby locker room.

The cheeses were all fantastically smelly but Stinking Bishop absolutely knocked us out, said Tim Rowcliffe, chair of the judging panel.