Redwood Hill Farm chevre -- flavorless
I posted here a few weeks ago to praise Redwood Hill Farm's goat milk yogurt, which I thought was far superior to the regular kind. So I was happy to notice that Whole Foods had their "Camellia Fleur de Chevre". It was a 4oz round of cheese with a rind for $6.99, so it needed to be pretty good. I started eating it with Whole Foods' very good meusli bread, except that I wasn't getting any goatiness. So I tried it without the bread, and found that it was flavorless. They're a virtuous small artisanal producer, though, so I'll probably try their other goat cheeses when I get a chance.
I wonder if they're trying too hard to make it not "goaty". First goat cheese I ever tasted was that Norwegian (I think) brown gummy stuff - a GF was just crazy about it and insisted I try, and it was like Essence of Old Goat. Couldn't get the taste out of my mouth for a week. But a good chevre should be bright and tangy, just enough acidic to offset a bare whiff of gaminess. Sounds to me like these guys overcompensated.
Guess I'll have to taste it and see...
oh, thank heaven's it wasn't just me. I tried the same cheese and had the same reaction. I was soooo very disappointed as I'd been fantacising all about French cheese before I tasted it.
Let us all know if you find one that is tasty---I'm in that once burned, twice shy kind of place.