Tasting Truffle Tremor Cheese
I’m proud to say that I’m an official employee of the food industry! As a cheese monger at Pastoral, I finally work with the love of my life – a gift from the gods with ancient roots. I care for the cheese as if each wheel is a child in a high-class nursery – only I also get to taste the babies. ALL OF THE BABIES – including this Truffle Tremor goat cheese.
I’m sure my honeymoon phase will come to an end, but my first couple of shifts were outstanding. I’m learning more than I can keep up with and my tastebuds are forever changed for the better – as long as I can keep up eating like a complete snob. Obviously eating the cheese is the best part of the job, but working with the customers is a close second. I learned enough this weekend to recommend some favorite cheeses of mine, the crisp Prairie Breeze and creamy Roquefort. I also suggested some finocchiona, a fennel-laced salami, to join the cheeses. The ecstatic looks on these people faces as they sampled each of my suggestions was heartwarming and fulfilling. After a long timeline of miserable jobs that, this is unbelievable.
On Saturday, I was lucky enough to work alongside a representative from Cypress Grove. She was sampling out two incredible chèvres, the Humboldt Fog and Truffle Tremor. For those of you who are new to fancy cheese, Humboldt Fog is perhaps the most nationally recognized artisanal cheeses and for good reason, but I’ll get back to that in another post because the heat of the last days in August are perfect for the Truffle Tremor (pictured below).
This ripened goat cheese is laced with Italian black summer truffles, creating an explosively savory cheese experience. What’s most remarkably is how the flavors of this cheese build. A clean freshness dances on the palate, followed by a bright herbal notes and then BAM! Earthy truffle heaven. This baby is as seductive as Megan Fox in the first Transformers movie but with the elegance and sophistication of Grace Kelly. If you get your hands on this beauty, grab a glass of sweet port wine and enjoy.