FINAL FOUR Cheese Madness matchup: Comté vs. Irish Coolea Coolea is a cow's milk cheese produced on the farm of Dick and Sinead Willems in Coolea Co. Cork. Made since 1979, this Gouda style cheese has a yellow / orange wax with firm, closed texture and smooth pate. As the cheese matures, the pate becomes drier and finally the protein crystals are visible at 18 months of maturity. Comté was one of the first few cheeses to receive an AOC (Appellation d'origine controlee) status in 1958. It is one of the most popular AOC cheeses in France with around 40,000 tones of annual production. Considered one of the finest cheeses in the world, a wedge of Comte reveals a pale yellow interior and a texture that can vary from silky, flabby to crystalline. ... See more
It's almost time for CHEESE MADNESS FINAL FOUR! First up, we have one last Elite 8 matchup that will take place on Friday: Shadow Brook Farm and Dutchgirl Creamery Rosa Maria vs. Old Amsterdam Cheese Who do you think will win?
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This weekend, the (cheese) madness continues! FINAL FOUR Matchup: Red Dragon vs. Rosa Maria or Old Amsterdam (postponed Elite 8 matchup will be determined on Friday) Red Dragon: The moist yet firm Red Dragon is aged for 3 months and made from pasteurized cow's milk and vegetable rennet. The mustard seeds not only give it a unique texture but also an amazing buttery and spicy flavor. Along with the subtle sharpness of mustard seeds, the flavor of Red Dragon is also reminiscent of the mild, sharp taste of the Welsh ale and traditional cheddar. Some say, the taste of the cheese is very similar to sharp cheddar. Rosa Maria: This cheese is a stunner! An American goat cheese that is salt-brined and aged in the traditional Spanish style Rosa Maria gets it unique rind from basket-mold. Old Amsterdam: This black waxed, 12-18months old cheese has a glorious deep yellow color and a slightly waxy, granular texture with medium sized holes. There is a hint of caramel in its pleasantly full taste. A multiple award winner and currently sold in 40 countries, it is produced by Westland a family run company in Holland. ... See more
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