The first hails from Lazy Lady Farm and is called the Thin Red Line, yes it is named after the World War II movie. Lazy Lady Farm has always captured my heart with their quirky and amusing cheesenames; and by their completely solar and wind powered farm and finally because their cheeses are just fabulous, there's no denying it. I think the Thin Red Line takes this to new levels. A bloomy rind goat's milk cheese coated in vegetable ash with a thin red line of Spanish smoked paprika directly through the midline of the cheese. Spicy, tangy, meaty, luscious, and creamy with citrus and grassy hints. A round mouth feel, this is a cheese that coats every crevice of your mouth, but without a sense of weightiness. A truly excellent new cheese!
And what of the other cheese?
It's Cabot's Artisan Reserve Cheddar aged for three years specifically produced for the 2011 Holiday Season. Over those three years of aging, this Cheddar really grows into itself -- round and buttery yet crumbly and nutty with slight hints of caramel. You can tell that there was a lot of love and care that went into this cheese. Smooth yet somewhat tangy, this is Cheddar done right. There's only a limited amount that was produced, so I recommend jumping on it before you miss out!
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