A cheesemonger in Jackson Heights, New York, sold "Succession" some cheese earlier this year.
The cheese used in the show was a Scottish cheddar called Isle of Mull.
A special cheese like Isle of Mull should absolutely not be eaten on a "knobby."
Update [June 6, 2023]: After we published this story, we heard back from "Succession's" prop master, Monica Jacobs, who confirmed that the cheese used in the show's finale was Isle of Mull, and was purchased at a local cheese store in Barbados. This story has been updated.
"Don't touch that! That's Peter's cheese," Lady Caroline Collingwood exclaims in the final episode of HBO's hit series "Succession." "For god's sake! I made that mistake myself."
In what quickly became one of the show's most iconic scenes ever, the devilish Caroline reprimands her hungry children and the show's main characters — Kendall, Roman, and Shiv Roy — who are looking for a late-night bite in the kitchen of their mum's Barbados compound.
That's his "special cheese," she explains. "He gets really boring about it."
Peter Munion is something of a mysterious figure in "Succession." In the few appearances he makes, he comes across as a starstruck social climber who is trying to get as close as possible to the Roy family's inner circle. Caroline calls him "awful" just before marrying him in season three.
So what is so special about her husband's cheese? And what does it say about Peter?
According to Monica Jacobs, the prop master on "Succession," the cheese used in the show was a Scottish cheddar, called Isle of Mull.
I was curious why Peter, who is played by English actor Pip Torrens, would have such an affinity for this particular cheese and what the cheddar might reveal about his character.
Steffen Kenney, the owner of Stand Alone Cheese in Jackson Heights, New York, surmised that perhaps Peter was "trying to impress Logan" with a Scottish cheddar.
Isle of Mull is hard to find in the US, according to Kenney, who was contacted by a representative for the show looking to purchase some of the cheese earlier this year.
His shop didn't have that particular rare cheddar in stock so instead they "settled" for Montgomery's cheddar, which is pretty similar, Kenney said.
"It's one of the more amazing cheddars out there," Kenney said, looking down at a big block of Montgomery's.
The "Succession" team ended up using Kenney's cheese as a "practice block" in New York.
He described the clothbound cheese, made from raw cow's milk in England, as "earthy" and "nutty."
There's "a lot more going on" in this cheese than in a typical American cheddar, he said. The cheese isn't cheap at $32.99 per pound.
Ultimately, after using Kenney's cheese in New York to create the wrapping paper used in the scene, the "Succession" team purchased some Isle of Mull from a cheese shop in Barbados called The Cellar.
"We needed a lot so we could cut identical pieces of cheese for resets," Jacobs, the prop master, told Insider in an email. "It's a slightly crumbly cheese, so I wasn't sure I would get more than one take out of a piece."
Kenney recommends pairing his Montgomery's cheddar with a beer or a cider — definitely not the frozen loaf ends that the Roy children are served by their mother.
"That cheese doesn't belong on a knobby," he said. "That cheese belongs on a proper biscuit."
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