Dairy farmer co-operative First Milk has launched a Limited Edition Burns Cheese Truckle to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Bard's birth.
Crafted at the tiny Isle of Arran creamery, the truckle is made of Dunlop cheese, widely recognised as Scotland's national cheese, which was originally made near Burns' home in Ayrshire in the 17th century.
Dunlop cheese on Arran is still made to the traditional recipe today, using milk supplied by the island's dairy farmers. Matured for up to 12 months, the cheese is characteristically mild, sweet and buttery-tasting and is much smoother and creamier than many other cheeses.
"As creators of Scotland's national cheese, our artisan cheesemakers felt it was appropriate to pay homage to Scotland's national poet, " explained Graham Sheach, regional brand controller of First Milk's cheese business.
Burns has a close association with the dairy industry: as a young boy, he grew up on a farm and to supplement the family income, his mother Agnes used to sell home-made cheese.
The Limited Edition Burns Truckles are exclusive to Scotland and available in Somerfield, Tesco and Sainsbury's stores.
For more information please contact:
Jill Coyle, Communications Manager, First Milk
0141 847 6884
15 January 2009