Leave a comment

Alpha Tolman

alpha tolman

Followers of this blog will recall that I was one of a handful of “testers” for Jasper Hill and Culture Magazine for the 2012 Birth of a Cheese.

Well, Alpha Tolman is finished at started making the rounds last Fall. I’m finally getting a chance to sample the finished cheese. I’m not going to go into great lengths about the history or the tasting notes of the cheese as they are largely unchanged from our last testing period last Spring. You can read the testers’ thoughts here.

Indeed, Alpha Tolman is an alpine-style, cooked & pressed curd cow’s milk cheese. Like the early versions, the finished cheese remains a little bland, without that nutty, brown butter quality of some of the best examples. It’s not particularly acidic/tangy, more vegetal, tasting, as I mentioned about the early examples, a bit of fresh corn. It’s also still a wee bit cat-pissy. Perhaps this is a younger wheel.

I’ll be watching to see how A.T. might develop in the years to come or with more age on it. For, there are better American examples and certainly better Alpine originals.

Cheese: Alpha Tolman

WhoJasper Hill Farm

Where: Lombardy, Italy

Milk Type: cow (raw)

Texture: firm

Rind: washed

Shape: 20lb wheel

Tasting notes: very mild, sweet, sweet corn, some butter notes

 

Advertisements

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The Cheese Making Years

The Adventures of Anne Hastings in the World of Cheese

Cheese Doodles

An Illustrated Cheese & Other Tasty Morsels

Secondary Culture

cheesy adventures in the world of milk, cultures, and mold

Finger, Fork & Knife

I'm Kate and Finger, Fork and Knife is where I record the recipes that excite, nourish and inspire me. I focus on wholesome, high-nutrition, home-cooked food - recipes that satisfy and delight. Welcome!

The House Mouse

One girl's journey through the cheese world

Salutation Recipes

I'm trying to keep a log of all the things we cook which taste really lovely. You know what it's like: you tweak and tweak a recipe until it's barely recognisable and then wonder how you used to make it. And it will also save a lot of time and bits of paper when it comes to sharing those recipes with friends.

Saucy Pans

Food Reviews and Recipes around Bristol & Cardiff

eCharta

The blog

ICI & LA NATURE PICTURES

Walk and Bike in France. www.icietlanature.com

cookinandshootin

"It's so beautifully arranged on the the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it." - Julia Child

%d bloggers like this: