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12 Days of Cheesemas–Day 10

(photo from Joy of Cheese)

You want to stick your face in it, don’t you? C’mon, we’re all friends here and, honestly, I wouldn’t judge you if you did.

Rush Creek Reserve is this years “It” cheese on all the cheesecentric blogs. The love started two years ago when Uplands Cheese Company released their companion cheese to their multiple award winning, Pleasant Ridge. This one was crafted in the image of Vacherin Mont D’or and, when perfectly ripe, can have it’s top rind sheered off and inner paste ladled out. It’s paste is dense and its nose and profile is not for those wary of strong cheeses. It shares the same smokey, cured meat flavor that has made cheeses like Vacherin and Winnimere such favored winter cheeses.

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