At the American Cheese Society “Meet the Cheesemaker” last night, one trend caught my eye immediately — a fresh crop of Morbier-inspired cheeses with the signature striking ash line across the paste. True Morbier is a name-protected cheese which hails from its small namesake village in the Franche-Comté region. It was traditionally made to use leftover curd after the day’s Comté make, and ash was laid over to protect the cheese from flies until more curds could be added the following day. Now, the ash is added for visual appeal rather than sanitation. These American interpretations are wildly different beyond that trademark ash line.

Here are four new beauties to keep an eye out for on cheese counters near you.

Amoureux – Baetje Farms, Missouri

Baetje specializes in beautiful French-inspired cheeses, and Amoureux is a unique mixed goat-sheep milk take, dense, grassy and delicious.

Ashbrook — Spring Brook Farm, Vermont

Can’t beat that sweet creamy milk of this Vermont creamery, whose Tarentaise was last year’s Best in Show. Ashbrook is their third and newest cheese.

Coppinger — Sequatchie Cove Creamery, Tennessee

The meaty big brother to their supple and oozy Dancing Fern, this one has a bacony finish and a hint of smoke, from an addition of smoked salt. Made for pairing with whiskey.

Rowdy Gentleman — Prodigal Farm, North Carolina

One impressive log! This would be striking on a cheeseboard as a slice rather than your traditional wedge.

You can see a few more of our favorite finds via Instagram.


Sam August 2, 2015 at 2:14 pm

Until the FDA cracks down on the US versions as they are currently on those from Europe. Multiple US makers, including two well-known and beloved makers have said privately they fear that shoe is about to drop.

dccheese August 3, 2015 at 6:10 pm

@Sam, I’m trying to think positively, but I sure hope those very important US makers are consulting regulatory counsel. In the meantime, we’re going to celebrate these amazing cheeses so consumers will rally to preserve them! And, any buyers reading should snatch these up now while you can.

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