Monday, July 8, 2024

Fuzzy Udder Creamery - Part 1

My friends bought...not a zoo, but a creamery! In Maine!

I swear I'm not making it up.

Honestly, I was really sad to see my friends move away, but if they have to pick a business, I'm not sad they picked cheese.

Anyway, the first volunteer went up and brought me back a TON of goodies so I could finally get a taste of what they make. 

This is what we call in the industry: A lot of cheese!

While they no longer keep the animals on their land, they make both cow and goat cheeses. I was actually blown away by just HOW MANY cheeses they make overall when you look at their product list, and this was just the first round of tasting that I've done.

The first bunch I tried are the firm cheeses...

Frost Heave, Earthfall, and Small Craft Advisory

The Frost Heave, in the upper, left-hand corner of the picture above is an aged goat cheese, gouda style. There are not that many firm goat cheese out there, and I was surprised at how mild it was... only a slight barnyard flavor. 

The Earthfall, a cow's milk firm cheese, was my favorite because the flavor was very sharp and I think it can stand up to red wines.

The Small Craft Advisory, also a goat cheese, is actually soft-ripened and has a spongy texture. It is a bit tangy, but still mild enough to be well paired with a white wine or even a light red wine.

The second bunch I tried are all the spreadable cheeses...

Fresh Chevre, Garlic and Herb Chevre, and Fresh Vache

The Fresh Chevre and Fresh Vache are both mild, spreadable cheeses that come in small 4 ounce jars. The Chevre is made from goat's milk, while the Vache, which literally means "cow" in French, is made from cow's milk. You would want to pair them a light white wine, or bubbles, however Patience found them to be an incredibly delicious addition to eggs and sandwiches instead of just slathering on toast or crackers. 

The Garlic and Herb Chevre really stands apart from the others with it's strong garlic flavor. You will want to eat this one directly with a spoon, and this one definitely stands up to a red wine!

Along with the spreadable cheese is a Chevre in Oil, which I'd never had before. I had to taste this one separately because it's best if you let it sit out on the counter for 45 minutes to an hour so that the oil can come to room temperature.

Chevre in Oil

I could not believe the amount herbaceous flavors in this Chevre, and since it had warmed to room temperature, it easily spread on a cracker. roasted garlic, peppercorns, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, and salt! Wow!

And then there is Waldo Smog, a cheese unlike the others due to its pungent nature. Patience thought it tasted a lot like a soft, blue cheese because it was so intense. I really love a cheese with so much attitude and flavor, and you could easily pair this with a tannic, red wine.

Waldo Smog

I believe there are quite a few more cheeses on their list of products, so I'll add more parts when I can get my hands on them. 

Hopefully at some point I can have a big cheese tasting for all! 


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