2012 American Cheese Month 31 Cheeses in 31 Days: Day Twenty-three: Coach Farm Triple Cream
Cheese: Coach Farm Triple Cream
Who: Coach Farm
Website: Coach Farm
Where: Pine Planes, New York
Milk Type: goat, pasteurized
Shape: 6oz round (there’s also a much larger 3lb wheel)
Flavor: goaty, goat butter, slightly bitter, grassy finish
Multiple Award Winner
My friends who like strong cheeses and particularly goaty goat cheese all really enjoyed the Coach Farm Triple Cream, but each, after one small bite, had the same reaction: eyes raised… pause… “wow- that’s certainly a goat cheese!” One who tried it and certainly does NOT like strong cheese… well, I believe she whimpered… a little. Muttered something about my lineage.
Coach Farm Triple is the sort of goat cheese that reinforces the argument for people who don’t like goat cheese (the poor souls!). It is GOATY. But for the “enlightened” among us (just kidding you Bovidae Caprinae cheese haters!) the combination of strong, stinky, bloomy, goaty… AND IT’S A TRIPLE CREAM… This makes for wicked little bite. The kind you save for last on a cheese board as it will beat up anything milder… and then take on the blue cheeses for laughs.
It’s like the playground bully that was a foot shorter than everybody but built of steel bands… took no guff and, when you weren’t looking, cuffed you upside your head. This is a little little hooligan who occasionally gets caught smoking in the boys room.
The Triple, in this small format, is aged one month before release. It’s a bold cheese for a bold palate. I’m a little loathe to recommend a wine pairing here without having had the chance to try first. This is a unique profile that could challenge some obvious pairings.
Something tells me a Riesling might work. Bubbles should, if not too dry, too funky.
By the way, Coach Farms has roots in couture, it was founded by Miles and Lillian Cahn of Coach bag fame. The company has since been sold.