I was going to name this post "Sheep Orgy," but that just sounds naughty. After the Friday cheese purchasing spree at Andrew's Cheese Shop, I wend out with my friend who shall from here on in be known as "Man Who Sneers at Goat (Cheese)" and ended up at the Silverlake Cheese Store where I continued withe the cheese buying orgy. I've spent the last few days coming down from a serious butterfat overdose. What can I say - some people buy too many purses, I buy too much cheese!
Anyway, I decided that since I was with Man Who Sneers at Goat (Cheese), I decided to go on a Sheep Cheese buying spree. We ended up with FIVE varieties - four sheep cheeses and a cow's milk cheese. I swear we were only going to get one or two. OMG. Don't fear - you will be learning about all of them in the coming days. In the way squirrels save up acorns for winter, I eat cheese and save up the memories for the days I can't get out early enough to get to the cheese store.With five cheeses in the bag, we threw an impromptu cheese tasting party, and Darling Husband, MWSAG(C) and I thoughtfully ate our way through close to a pound of sheep's milk cheese, washed down with a nice Zinfandel. There are many ways to have a cheese tasting party. You can focus on cheeses from a single country, cheeses from a single style (bloomy, washed, etc), you can have a cheese from each style, etc. We decided to focus on cheeses from a single milk. Hooray for sheep! We started with a really mild soft sheep's cheese, and worked our way up to incredibly sharp aged pecorino (that's Italian for sheep). It was pretty amazing to see who different aging and preparation methods create completely different cheeses. They all had a great richness, and a great sweetness that made the tasting a lot of fun.
Afterward, Darling Husband was overcome by butterfat shock and had to go home to nap. MWSAG(C) and I went out for healthy, detoxing salads.
So, a few mass tasting rules - taste from mild to strong, take a good sniff before you eat each one, pick a theme (optional, but fun), and stop eating before you start sweating butterfat!