March 23, 2007

12 Intriguing Cheeses Available from

There are innumerable types of cheeses in the world, and while I’ve tried many different kinds, I know I’ll never be able to try them all. That said, it’s still fun to make the effort to taste as many as I can. Here are just a few of the intriguing cheeses that caught my eye during a recent visit to

Exotic Flavors

  • Bärlauchrebell/Wild Garlic Cheese: Flavored with wild garlic and other Alpine herbs, this cow’s milk cheese is a tasty treat from Bavaria, Germany.
  • Cabot Horseradish Cheddar: This cheddar from Vermont has a special zing, thanks to the addition of spicy horseradish.
  • Carr Valley Cocoa Cardona: This goat’s milk cheese from Wisconsin is rubbed with cocoa as it ages.
  • Piacentinu: Produced in Sicily, Piacentinu is a sheep’s milk cheese flavored with saffron and peppercorns.
  • Tibetan Yak Cheese: Ever wondered what high altitude cheese tastes like? This cheese is produced from (yes, you guessed it) yak’s milk at over 14,000 feet above sea level.

Drunk Cheeses

  • 4 Pack of Beer Cheese: These cheese spreads are flavored with micro-brew beers: Special Pilsner, Munich Dark, Bavarian Lager, and Wisconsin Amber.
  • Cahill’s Farm Cheddar – Irish Whiskey: This semi-soft cheddar from Ireland is flavored with Irish whiskey.
  • Four-Pack Wine Cheese: This four pack of cheese spreads includes Merlot Cheddar, Chardonnay Havarti, Cabernet Sauvignon, and White Zinfandel Havarti.
  • Red Dragon: This Welsh cheese, also known as Y-Fenni, is a cheddar flavored with mustard seeds and brown ale.
  • VODCheese: Made from Swedish Prästost cheese soaked in Absolut Vodka, VODCheese is available in Vodka currant, Ginberry, and Pepper flavors.

Interesting Shapes

  • Tête de Moine & Girolle: Tête de Moine, which means “Monk’s Head,” is a Swiss cheese with a strong nutty flavor. The best way to slice the cheese is to use a Girolle to produce elegant ruffles and rosettes.
  • Wisconsin Shape Cheddar Cheese: This cheese is exactly what it sounds like: Wisconsin cheddar in the shape of the Badger State.

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