Yeo Valley Organic Unsalted Butter - UK (England)
Yeo Valley is an incredible organic dairy producer. Perhaps more well-known for their yoghurt, they also produce decadent butter in addition to an array of different dairy products. Their butters have nothing to do with the fermented variety; these are light, delicate and fresh from start to finish!
Yeo Valley knows what they're doing when it comes to product design. These little blocks of butter are beautifully packaged with little daisies and bunting sprinkled across the wrapper. Also, can we talk about how delightful this is to photograph!? Look at that flag placement! Full points to their packaging design team.
In our experience, commercially produced British butter tends not to be cultured like its continental European counterparts. It imparts a very different flavour and aroma profile and both have their merits.
When we were living in the UK, we didn't take advantage of stopping by the farm on our way to/from Glastonbury. This is a failing of dramatic proportions and we are deeply sorry. And numpties.
Yeo Valley's Organic Unsalted Butter Appreciation
Butter Break Down
Appreciation Date: 08/08/2020
Country of Origin: UK (England-Somerset)
Point of Procurement: Lulu Hypermarket Al Barsha
Purchase State: Fresh
Milk: Cow, pasteurised
Salt Content: None added
Milk Fat Content: 80%
Ingredients: Organic unsalted butter (milk).
Declared Possible Allergens: Milk
Company Website: https://www.yeovalley.co.uk
In which we discuss Yeo Valley's Organic Unsalted butter.
Not only did we not visit while we were in the UK, we never bought Yeo Valley's butter in the UK! Alas, a teacher's income did not allow for such luxuries in England but I'm so glad we were able to spring for it here. Though more expensive than other brands, it's an excellent price point for organic European butter here in the UAE.
My notes for this one make me laugh: "Deep solid fuzzy duckling yellow."
This source milk for this butter could almost be Jersey it's so richly coloured. It could also be down to the grass content the cows are consuming (black and white possibly-Holsteins, according to their website photography) which correlates as this is a soft, spreadable butter- almost straight out of the fridge.
It's aroma is positively faint- there's a vague impression of milk but it's more of a suggestion rather than an aroma. This continues on in the taste profile which is extremely light on the palate. There are notes of dairy but it's a lovely blank canvas with absolutely no hint of tang. As this is a sweet cream butter (i.e., not fermented), the lack of tang isn't unusual but what is impressive is how clear the taste palate is. It tastes only of cream, but lighter somehow.
Yeo Valley's Organic Unsalted Butter is a lovely example of how clear and light butter can be. If you're looking for a discrete butter, this is the one for you. Dairy goodness, pure and simple. If you're looking to have your butter contribute to your dish, this one's upper lip is a bit too stiff for that malarky!
Colour: Fuzzy duck yellow, high gloss
Aroma: Suggestion of dairy, if you try hard enough
Taste: Clean, clear, light.
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