Hickory Grove, left
Chocolate Lab, right
On th eroad for other biz this week. Unfortunately Reliable Cheese is closed Mondays. I dropped in at Southern Season which has a VERY well-curated selection of local, regional and international selections.
Always hunting for cheese local, I grabbed two small wedges of Looking Glass Creamery’s Chocolate Lab, a washed-rind semi-soft cow’s milk rubbed in cocoa and stout. It imparts a mild chocolately flavor against an otherwise mild cheese. The chocolate lingers well beyond the taste of the cheese. It’s ripened for just a few weeks, bearing no funk or pungency you might expect from some washed rinds.
The second was Chapel Hill Creamery’s Hickory Grove, a Trappist-style wedge, a golden, semi-soft paste with a mild flavor not unlike a young cheddar.