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Naked Pruner

Producer
Old Chatham Sheepherding Company / Crown Finish Caves
Country
United States
Region
New York
Website
www.crownfinishcaves.com
Milk
Sheep
Treatment
Pasteurised
Classification
Semi Soft
Rennet
Microbial
Rind
Washed
Style
Washed-Rind
Flavor
Flavor added to rind

Born in the Hudson Valley, this stout-washed sheep's milk stunner comes of age in a subterranean cave beneath the streets of Brooklyn. 

The gooey disks are made at New York's Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, a prolific dairy founded in the early '90s and today run by Dan and Nancy Galton. Rich sheep's milk is sourced from the Galtons' family farm, which keeps a flock of over 2,000 ewes. 

When young, the cheeses are sent to Crown Finish Caves in Brooklyn, where affineurs experiment with maturation methods and as diverse array of washes in a former layering tunnel under the Nassau Brewery building. The tunnels here stay at about 50 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, the perfect climate for ripening cheese. 

During four weeks of aging, Naked Pruner is washed repeatedly in Double Negative, a stout made by Grimm Artisanal Ales. 

Tasting Notes

This initially tangy, cake cheese evolves into a gooey, oozing disk with mushroomy notes. 

Pairings

Pair it with a stout. 

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