This is a full bodied cheese with a nutty flavor and smooth texture. The cheese is hand rubbed with a Turkish grind of Colorado Legacy Coffee Company`s (The Cheesemakers brother) `Beehive Blend`. The blend consists of a mix of South American, Central American, and Indonesian beans roasted to different styles. French Superior Lavender buds are ground with the coffee and the mixture is diluted with oil to suspend the dry ingredients in the rub. The rub imparts notes of butterscotch and caramel which are prevalent near the rind, but find their way to the center of the cheese. The cheese is aged on Utah Blue Spruce aging racks in our humidity controlled caves, and moved to different temperature during the aging process to develop texture and flavor. The name `Barely Buzzed` comes from Andrea at Deluxe Foods in California. She was the winner of the name this cheese contest. Awards – 1st Place, American Cheese Society Annual Competition 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
Bayley Hazen Blue has developed a loyal following because of its fudge-like texture, toasted-nut sweetness, and anise spice character. The paste is dense and creamy, with well-distributed blue veins. The usual peppery character of blue cheese is subdued, giving way to the grassy, nutty flavors in the milk.
Arethusa Diva has a smooth, supple paste and a tacky, burnt orange rind that straddles the line between milky sweetness and all-out stink. With a sweet, tangy flavor and a nutty, lightly pungent aroma, this Diva is assertive, but never aggressive. ACS 2016 Winner!