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This Week's Tasting: January 24th, 2017

This week's tasting plate 

 

Every week at Dairymaids we select six cheeses to include in our free cheese tasting. Whenever we are open, we are tasting cheese. We stock over 150 cheeses, so if these 6 don’t please you, we will find you the cheeses that do.

This week's cheese are:

Cowgirl Creamery's signature cheese, Mt. Tam is a buttery triple-cream made from organic milk in California. It is named for Mt. Tamalpais, which is just north of San Francisco Bay. Elegant as cheese gets, Mt. Tam is a special treat.

From Baetje Farm in Missouri, Bloomsdale is inspired by the traditional French cheese Valencay. Like Valnecay, Bloomsdale is a ripened goat's milk cheese dusted with ash and shaped like a pyramid with a flattened top. The Baetje's named it for their town, Bloomsdale.

Teahive is made by the Beehive Cheese Company in Utah. It is rubbed with a blend of black tea and pure bergamot oil, the same flavor combination that you find in Earl Grey tea. The earthy, citrusy flavors nicely highlight the tangy notes in the smooth cheddar.

Birdville Reserve is made at Eagle Mountain Cheese in Lipan, Texas. It is a small Trappist-style round that is washed in a brine solution as it ages. The key to its delicious flavor and creamy texture is the high qualtiy Swiss Brown cow's milk the Eagles use to make it.

Patacabra, or "Leg of the Goat," is a unique washed-rind goat's milk cheese in the shape of a brick. It comes from the Aragon valley of northeastern Spain. Pungent, but smooth, it is great when young or aged.

A spectacular American original, Smokey Blue is a smooth blue cheese cold smoked over Oregon hazelnut shells. The ingenious product of the two young cheesemakers of Rogue Creamery in Oregon, Smokey Blue tastes of candied bacon.

 Our wine of the week is Qupé, from Modern Red in Central Coast, California. A blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre, Qupé is a medium-bodied wine with notes of cherry, raspberry, and plum.

Our pairing this week are Six Seed Crackers by Potter's Crackers in Wisconsin.

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