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A soft blue cows' milk cheese, made in a similar style to Blue Stilton, but (a) matured for a shorter time. (b) generally dyed orange with annatto. (c) unrestricted by geographical or other rules or regulations.
Most of the top Stilton cheese producers also offer Shropshire Blue as a second string cheese.
The cheese and name have little history probably only dating back to the 1970's, when it was made at The Castle Styart Dairy in Inverness, by a cheesemaker who had learnt his craft at a Stilton creamery.