Nope, this isn’t a flashback Friday post — Tarentaise Reserve of Spring Brook Farm, Vermont, is a repeat Best of Show winner at the American Cheese Society Competition in Denver this week. Also a repeat on the winner’s podium, St. Malachi Reserve from The Farm at Doe Run, Pennsylvania, took second place and Harbison from Jasper Hill Farm, Vermont, rounds out the top three.

Tarentaise Reserve, best of show

As described in our original Tarentaise post back before it’s 2014 Best in Show win:

Like many Alpine-style cheeses, it’s made with raw milk and washed with brine during the aging process. The reserve edition is aged 18 months or longer, rather than the typical ten, which heightens the cheese’s natural nutty flavor with a extra jolt of spice. I also tasted a hint of pineapple in my sample, which made the pairing with chocolate chunks even more pleasing. The crystals appearing throughout the semi-firm paste add an extra dimension to the snacking experience.

Congratulations to these talented cheesemakers, and all the awardees! You can view the full list of category award winners here. The 2018 American Cheese Society Conference & Competition will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — mark your calendars for July 25-28, 2018.

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