Rogue Creamery Cheeses.....
In my new found passion for blues, I've tried several from RC. I've had the pleasure of sampling Rogue River Blue, Smokey Blue, Caveman Blue and Oregonzola. I would love to hear from others that have tried their Echo Mountain, Crater Lake, Flora Nelle (their only blue made w/ pasteurized cow's milk) or the new Blue Heaven Shaker (powdered blue cheese). What did you shake it on? Would also like info on any of the many cheddars they produce? TIA
The Crater Lake is my favorite, I find it to be on the milder side, or maybe just a nicely balanced blue cheese.
The smoked blue is a lot stronger, plus is has the addition of smoke flavor, which makes it a very unusual cheese. Love it, but in smaller quantities.
Just looking at the web site, they have some new flavors for cheddar that I haven't tried, but the versions of plain and flavored cheddar that I have tried in the past have been very good. They do a good job of integrating the flavoring agents, so the cheese and flavoring really blend together, rather than seeming like an afterthought. (If that makes sense.)
The one that I didn't like very much was the TouVelle, just a rather bland, plain cheese, not bad, but not very interesting either.
I have a shaker from a trip to their shop last month, but haven't tried it yet. I was thinking it would be great on salad to add a little flavor to a vinaigrette.
I picked up some of the Rogue River Blue they had. It is their 80th anniversary release "special reserve," and it had a little more sweetness from the pear brandy than I recall my past orders of the RRB have had. I really loved it.
But the blue that always blows my mind is the Rogue Creamery Brutal Blue. It is the strongest of their blues, aged for three years, and is only available at the creamery. I made sure ot bring plenty home with me.