Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ringing in 2010 with a Buzz!

Who can resist a name like Barely Buzzed? Definitely not this Cheese Junkie! I have to admit that flavored Cheddars typically aren't my absolute favorite, but after hearing about, reading about, and watching a show (on Food Network) about Barely Buzzed, I couldn't wait to taste it. Not only was it getting rave reviews as an awesomely delicious cheese, but I think the name is one of the best I've heard!

Barely Buzzed is made in Utah by Beehive Cheese Co.. When I think of American artisan cheese, Utah doesn't usually spring to mind, but it should because Tim Welsh and Pat Ford (founders of Beehive) have really hit a home run with Barely Buzzed - taking 1st place in the Flavored Cheddar category of the American Cheese Society's annual competition 2007, 2008, and 2009. And after tasting this cheese I think you'll agree with the judges.

Made with the highest quality of milk, and aged on racks made of Utah Blue Spruce in Beehive Cheese Co.'s caves, this cheese has a wonderfully nutty, rich flavor and a creamy, smooth texture. It's hand rubbed with a mixture of "Beehive Blend" coffee (from the Cheesemaker's brother-in-law's coffee company), lavender buds, and oil. The rub finds its way through out the entire wheel of cheese to develop a caramel-like flavor which I absolutely adore, and the lavender gives it a unique and unexpected finish.

If you're looking to ring in 2010 with a buzz, I whole-heartily suggest Barely Buzzed!

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