As part of my Thanksgiving "Pilgrim's Progress" cheese spread, I needed a cheese from Massachusetts. Trouble was, Andrew's Cheese Shop only had one cheese from MA in the case on Wednesday when I went in to procure my dairy delights. It always makes me nervous when I don't have choices, but the one cheese they had sounded kind of interesting. I took Berkshire Blue home untasted. What choice did I have? It was all about location, location, location for this tasting.
I wasn't disappointed! This blue cheese (on the right - duh) is a great find for anyone who loves blues. It might not be a great cheese for introducing your blue cheese phobic cheeses to your obsession with blue mold. It is a bit on the tangy side. That said, it also has a great earthy sweetness, with a great creamy texture. It was great on a bit of cracker (I tried to eat it without carbs, but it stuck to my fingers! Not a terrible problem to have, but it was slowing me down.) with a glass of port.
The website for this great artisinal cheese betrays their love for their Jersey cows. I can't say I blame them. Not only are they adorable, with their big brown eyes, but their milk has a higher butterfat content, and they are apparently smarter than your average cow. Kind of fun. And really, if you devote your life to turning someone's milk into cheese, wouldn't you prefer if they weren't just a bunch of great udders? I digress.
If you can find this one, buy it! You won't be sorry. It's only available in a few shops around the country, but they'll ship it to you for special occasions if you ask nicely (and give them your credit card number).