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Humboldt Fog

From Cypress Grove Cheese

Humboldt Fog is a goat milk cheese delivered by Cypress Grove Chevre, of Arcata, California, in Humboldt County. It is a mould-ripened cheese with a distinguishing layer of edible ash.  The cheese ripens from the outside to the centre, resulting in a fresh goat cheese centre surrounded by a pungent runny shell. This runny shell will widen as the cheese matures and is considered the best part of the cheese, by many. The bloomy mould and ash rind is edible, but is fairly tasteless. The cheese is creamy, light, powdery, slightly lemony and mildly goaty.

A neat fact about this cheese is that it won the first place at the American Cheese Society in 1998, 2002 and 2005.

Pair with a dry crisp white.

Ilir Pristine is the co-owner of The Cheese Boutique in Toronto. cheeseboutique.com