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Haystack Funkmeister 8 Oz
5280 Market and 5280 Gourmet offer this wonderful Local Haystack Mountain cheese.Funkmeister is a double cream, washed-rind cheese, washed in a cultured brine. This process encourages bacteria to spread and grow on the surface of the rind, enhancing the aroma, flavor and aging of the cheese. The cow's milk and cream used are organic. A vegetable rennet is used in the cheese-making process, so vegetarians can dig in without worry.
Inside the rind that's ever so slightly sandy is a rich ivory paste. To say it's creamy is an understatement. The inner texture is divine and practically melts on your tongue. The complex flavor is equally magnificent. It consists primarily of a cream taste with strong notes of raw hazelnuts and softer undertones of straw, mushrooms and earth with a gentle but noticeable tang that goes right to your nose, not unlike the little zing associated with yogurt. This cheese is rather spicy and sharp without being obnoxious. There's a nice dose of saltyness that hits your palate after the initial flavor has subsided and a very, very slight bitterness at the finish that's not at all unpleasant. The flavors intensify with the cheese age. Oddly, despite the very obvious funky pungent and spicy flavor, my overall impression is that this is a delicate, fruity cheese. Sure, it's showy and outrageous on the surface and maybe a little bit offensive to the nose as any good cheese should be, but there's a refinement about Funkmeister that puts it up close in ranking to cheeses such as Epoisse and real Muenster. Chosen by Saveur Magazine as one of American’s best artisanal cheeses in April 2005.Great to pair with a Truffle honey or a Red Camper and Primo fruit paste