I love mountain-style cheeses like Comté and Gruyère. They manage to be firm yet creamy at the same time, and they have huge flavor that often hints at notes of rich beef broth accentuated by bright fruity notes like apple. So I’ve been itching to bring Whitney to our shelves for a while. The fact that it won “best in show” at the 2022 American Cheese Society conference had nothing to do with it (though it certainly doesn’t hurt!).
Whitney is made from the raw milk of Jasper Hill Farm’s own herd of grass-fed cows. The outside of the wheels are rubbed with a magical melange of naturally cultured brine and spent yeast from a nearby winery, imparting a fruity, floral, funky aroma to the paste inside. Soft, a little sweet, nutty, with lovely buttery notes that linger into a savory finish.
An easy award winner in anyone’s book. Eat it on a cheeseboard alongside cured meats or dried fruit, or melt it on top of roasted potatoes.