Tilston Point Blue
Located in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, Hook's Cheese produces several varieties of cheese, ranging from classic Wisconsin cheddars to several types of blue cheese.
Owners Tony and Julie Hook started Hook's Cheese Company in 1976 and inititally made cheddar and swiss. Since 1980, they have continued to expand their range and have won numerous awards for their cheeses. Hook's is perhaps best known for its extra aged cheddars and blues. Currently the company is aging an impressive 600,000lbs. of cheese.
Milk for production comes from several small, local dairy farms near Mineral Point. The cows are all raised sustainably and without rBGH.
Aged for a minimum of one year, Tilston Point is made in the style of an English blue - somewhat similar to Stilton (Tilston is an anagram of Stilton). During maturation, the cheeses are washed, meaning that the resulting rind is aromatic, sticky and slightly pungent.
Ideal for cooking, this cheese has a rich, deep flavor, accented by earthy overtones.