Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Black Mambazo

If you've familiar with the name Black Mambazo, it's probably because you've heard of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the all male choral group that performed with Paul Simon on his "Graceland" album. That is, of course, unless you frequent one of the farmer's markets in the Seattle area, in which case you would recognize Black Mambazo as the delectable little organic, farmstead cheese made by the Samish Bay Cheese Company.

I was fortunate enough to have been introduced to Black Mambazo through sheer happenstance: I own the cheese shop across the street from Stanford University which is where the daughter of the Cheesemaker is currently attending school. One day while I was sitting in my office staring at the mountain of bookkeeping work piled on my desk (and feeling sorry for myself, I must admit), Roger Wechsler walked into my store with cheese-in-hand. Lucky me!

Black Mambazo is a 2lb wheel of semi-hard, organic cow's milk cheese. During the aging process the cheese is rubbed with chipotle mixture which gives a little kick to the otherwise smooth, creamy, and buttery flavor. My favorite thing about this cheese (besides it's rustic look) is the super long finish - like fresh, but spicy butter - that lasts for several minutes. So nice. If you're interested in experiencing something you've probably never experienced before, come on down to the store for a taste...

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