Vermont Butter and Cheese’s Laurier

by mncheese on January 25, 2012

in American-NewEngland,Bubbly,Cheese!,Cheesemongers & Shops,Goat,Milk,Vinos

I typically don’t buy cheese via mail order since I prefer to support my fabulous local shops, but recently Artisanal Cheese has been running a promotion offering a percentage off your order as a countdown to the Super Bowl. Never one to turn down a deal – or a chance to taste cheeses that I don’t usually see locally – I placed a large order and have been enjoying the fruits of FedEx ever since. My favorite from the box was this goaty beauty, Laurier.

Laurier is the delicious result of a collaboration between Vermont Butter and Cheese, makers of C+C favorite Cremont, and Artisanal’s director of affinage, meaning you can only find it at Artisanal (that’s where mail order comes in handy). An aged goat cheese adorned with a simple bay leaf to add a spicy flavor, Laurier bowls you over with its dreamy creaminess and full-frontal flavor. How goaty, you may ask? Well, my husband, well-known for his goat-cheese aversion, walked out of the room, and my sister, who prefers goat cheese to all others, found it to be overpowering. Of course, I loved it – mild, delicate chevres are wonderful, but it’s nice to have a button with some heft and spunk underneath that innocent package. Eating it was a – dare I say – sensual experience.

A sophisticated cheese that begs for a glass of wine, Laurier pairs nicely with a white Bordeaux, Gamay or Champagne. No other accompaniments are necessary beyond a knife. This is a cheese that demands to be enjoyed straight up.

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Madame Fromage January 25, 2012 at 10:48 am

This looks divine. I’ve got to try it! Thanks for the post.

Kat Collins January 25, 2012 at 2:15 pm

This looks so yummy! Since goat cheese is such a favorite, I’ve got to get my hands on this one. Thanks for sharing about it!

By the way, I’ve been quite impressed with Artisanal Cheese. There cheeses have always been perfect, delivered seamlessly, and their customer service is second to none.

I took advantage of the Super Bowl savings, too. :) Now I’m stocked full of cheese in my fridge.

Kat

Jill January 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Kat, we’ve had great experience with Murray’s and Cowgirl Creamery mail order, too. There is no better part to your work day than getting a cheese delivery!

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