Hudson Flower is the product of a collaboration between Old Chatham Sheepherding Company and Murray’s Cheese in New York. The cheese is essentially a riff on the Corsican classic, Fleur de Maquis.
Young, fresh rounds are produced in the style of Kinderhook, another of Old Chatham Sheepherding Company's cheeses. Soon after production, the rounds are sent to Murray's Cheese caves in New York City, set up in a drying room to remove moisture, and allowed to age longer. When the discs are ready, Murray's affineurs wash them with a homemade mold culture, and then coat them with a blend of fresh rosemary, lemon thyme, marjoram, elderberries and hop flowers. Once covered, rounds are left to age in the caves for four weeks, developing a variety of flora on the rind that gives Hudson Flower its unique look and flavor.
The herbs coating Hudson Flower impart a robust, pine-like and floral aroma, which is balanced by a rich, milky paste.
Hudson Flower pairs very well with farmhouse ales such as Saison, Biere de Garde or Lambic.