Posts Tagged ‘Savvy Company Cheese Sommelier’

Rose Haus

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
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My cheese pick this week is less than two years old debuting as the first cow’s milk cheese from leading “green” Prince Edward County cheesemaker, Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co.  Fashioned after stinky German Limburger cheese, award-winning Rose Haus – is named for Rose House (see the label) – one of Ontario’s oldest museums, mere minutes away.  Like your favorite uncle, you can take it anywhere and be guaranteed a good time.

Hand crafted, this single note, semi-firm, washed-rind, cow’s milk cheese is made with the milk of a small herd of Holstein cows from local Quinte Crest Farm.  Rose Haus has a firm, creamy, buttery ivory yellow paste, apricot- to-gold colored rind, and rich mild milky, earthy and mushroomy flavors.  When ripe the paste softens, becoming oozy and aromas intensify.  On special occasions Rose Haus gets a washed with local beer, which adds an extra flavor profile, and amplifies the yeasty characteristics of this cheese.  I highly recommend waiting for an extra week or two before enjoying (or buy two wheels if you can’t wait) for the full flavors to develop.  You’ll thank me for it.

 

FACTBOX:
Cheese: Rose Haus
Producer: Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co.
Interesting Fact: Rose Haus is rind washed in The Grange of Prince Edward County’s barrel fermented Chardonnay which adds a toasty layer to the cheese’s character.

 

 Enjoy! – Vanessa

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Lankaaster: Local Glengarry Cheese Grand Prix Pick of Canadian Cheeses

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, August 11th, 2011
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My cheese choice this week was an easy one, shining the spotlight on a local winner from the “academy awards” of cheese competitions, The 2011 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix. Named for a combination of the town of Lancaster, outside of Alexandria (East of Ottawa off Highway 34) & and “kaas”, the Dutch word for cheese, is Lankaaster, winner in the semi-soft category. Accolades go to Glengarry Fine Cheese and gourmet artisan cheesemaker Margaret Morris.

Lankaaster is a semi-soft to hard cheese, made from the milk of local Brown Swiss cows shaped in a loaf and coated in a colorful waxy rind. You’ll find it rich, dense, a little chewy, with barny aromas, butter and nutty flavors, and a mild fruity tang. The overall texture becomes dry and crumbly with age, and the cheese more intense. Yummy! Both Lankaaster Aged and Lankaaster are best mixed in, and used to top your favourite pasta dish under the broiler. Also available in a wide variety of flavours: Chive, Cumin, Peppercorn and Italian (Ladies take note – it’s a favourite among guys.)

 

FACTBOX:
Cheese: Lankaaster
Producer:
Glengarry Fine Cheese
Interesting Fact:
Lankaaster is a Gouda (pronounced “How-da”)-style cheese, sharing the same characteristics as the international favorite Dutch farmstead cheese.

 

Enjoy! – Vanessa

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