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Oct 3, 2006 08:03 PM

Redwood Hill Farm Goat Cheese

Sunday afternoon, I bought a "round" of Redwood Hill Farm Goat Cheese - the California Crotin at the Silverlake Cheese Shop. I had asked about another cheese which I liked but decided I wanted something a bit less pricey, so I thought I was getting a soft goat cheese with a slightly pungent flavor. I get home, unwrap the cheese, let it sit a bit, but upon tasting, I find that it's not soft at all and tastes basically like a brie. No goat cheese I've ever bought has tasted like a brie. Had the cheese aged too long, was my palate off or did I just buy something completely different from what I expected to get.

Any wisdom is appreciated.

This is how the Redwood Hill Farm website describes the cheese:

California Crottin:California Crottin is our version of the traditional French goat milk cheese "Crottin de Chavignol". This lactic cheese with it's golden rind, fluffy texture, and robust earthy flavor, will dry by about two months of age and become a superb grating cheese with a sharp and complex flavor.

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  1. I think you bought something different from what you expected - the fact that the website mentions that the cheese has a rind suggests a brie-type cheese, and Crottin de Chavignol, according to Wikipedia, has a rind and changes quite dramatically as it ages:

    "The flavour of Crottin de Chavignol is subtle and slightly nutty. In its youth, its dough is solid and compact, and its rind is white. As it ripens, the dough becomes crumbly and the mould on the rind matures into a bluish colour. The bluish colour doesn't mean that the cheese is no longer edible - quite the opposite."

    This would suggest that perhaps you had a fairly young cheese - without blue on the rind.