Sunday, September 18, 2011

Day 586 : New cheese discovery

Rollingstone isn't new itself, they have been making cheese for twenty years in Idaho's Snake River Valley, but they are new to Fromagical's radar. Their goat cheeses are renowned nationwide and today while at Beecher's, their Anise and Lavender aged Goat's milk wheel caught my eye. I adore lavender and anise as ways to dial up the herbaceousness of a cheese. Immediately my mind went to Cypress Grove Chevre's Purple Haze infused with lavender and fennel pollen, I wondered how this cheese's flavor profile would relate. Purple Haze is a young herbal dynamic disc of cheesy herbal goodness... would the new discovery measure up?

Unlike Purple Haze, the Rollingstone cheese had a little bit of age on it, the chalky paste of the cheese was the perfect backdrop in which to present the anise and the lavender. Not the easiest cheese for amateurs, it sure has a lasting presence on your palate. Aromatic and lactic with an herbal and floral bouquet on the tongue. If you like full flavored cheeses that awaken your senses then this is the cheese for you. You certainly couldn't eat it on a daily basis but occasionally it truly is lovely. Enjoy it with a glass of mineral-forward, light Sauvignon Blanc.

So next time you're looking to impress friends by bringing an obscure cheese to a dinner party, this could be it!

Enjoy your Sunday folks!

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