Named after Lake Willoughby, one of Vermont's most beautiful lakes, Willoughby is a small washed rind disk made from pasteurized cow's milk. Ploughgate Creamery initially created it, and after a devasting fire, they ceased cheese making and sold the recipe to the folks at Jasper Hill Farm. Jasper Hill tweaked the recipe to make it theirs and now produce Willoughby year-round.
Willoughby has an assertive flavor with notes of sweet cream, tropical fruit, and a slight funkiness. Its texture is silky and a bit gooey. The rind is often a bit tacky and aromatic. It makes an excellent substitute for the French cheese Reblochon in the famous Savoie dish Tartiflette.
Farm/Producer/Importer: Jasper Hill Farm
Place: Greensboro, VT
Milk Type: Cow
Age: 6-12 weeks
Pairing: Alsatian Pinot Gris, Lager
Brabander goat's milk gouda is made in the Brabant region of southern Holland from the pasteurized milk of Saanen goats. It is aged by our dear friend Betty Koster who with her husband Martin own two amazing cheese shops in Amsterdam. Betty and Martin work closely with the producers to ensure great practices and high quality cheese. They select their wheels and age them at slightly warmer than normal temperatures which Betty believes help develop a greater complexity and depth of flavor. Brabander is dense and creamy with flavors of nut, caramel, hay and just a touch of gaminess.
Farm/Producer/Importer: Fromagerie L'Amuse/Essex St. Cheese Company
Place: Brabant, Holland
Milk Type: Goat
Age: 8-10 months
Pairing: Off dry Riesling, White ale
Stilton is one of the most famous cheeses in England, and Colston Bassett Dairy handcrafts ours in Nottinghamshire. Colston Bassett purchases their milk from five neighboring farms. The truckles (cylinder wheels) are hand-selected by Neal's Yard Dairy for us and are produced to their specifications-they must use traditional rennet and are less pierced. Hence, the sweet, buttery flavors shine through and balance the blue, minerally tones.
Farm/Producer/Importer: Colston Bassett Dairy/ Neal's Yard Dairy
Place: Nottinghamshire, England
Milk Type: Cow
Age: 3-4 months
Pairing: Port, Imperial IPA