What’s the best cheese you ever ate? It’s not an easy question to answer, especially if you’re a cheese lover. This Sunday, January 20 is National Cheese Lover’s Day, and if you’re anything like us here at GiftTree, the word “love” doesn’t quite go far enough to describe our passion and devotion to cheese. To us, cheese is probably the most important culinary creation in the history of the world. Plainly put, cheese is necessary for the continued survival of the human race. With this Sunday being that wonderful day to honor the glory and majesty that is cheese, we think the best way to celebrate is telling the cheesiest stories we know.
The Best Cheese I Ever Ate
Cheese Tales from the GiftTree Tastemakers
“They say a song can take you back to a place, a time, and evoke your favorite memories. That’s all well and good, but you can’t eat a song. What you can eat is cheese, and my recommendation is Pedrozo Dairy & Cheese Company’s Black Butte Reserve. This golden wheel of glory is all that is best and bright in the world. Made only in the spring time, when the Northern California grasses are tender, green and wave like the seas, this cheese is aged to perfect sharpness. Each bite starts with the sweet hint of verdant fields and grows into notes of caramel and then finishes with the sharp tang that begs for another taste. It’s the perfect noshing cheese, and not for the faint of heart! ” – Jen
“The best cheese I ever ate is Époisses, from Burgundy. I love ‘the good stink’ – that funky, runny, unctuous deliciousness that makes me think of Burgundy itself. It should be served slightly warm on crusty bread, with a glass of old red Burgundy. It’s the best to enjoy Époisses with wine-loving friends, complaining but still loving this ‘elegant stinky cheese’ together.” – Martin
“Being of Danish-Norske heritage, my favorite cheese is Brunost. Some people know it as Gjetost or ‘Ski Queen Cheese‘. Brunost is caramel-colored with a creamy cheddar-like flavor, but if cheddar and dulce de leche had a love child. It’s sweet but still salty, tangy and luscious. Usually Brunost is served on crispbread, but tart green apple slices really bring out the flavor. I love it with a chilled glass of Müller-Thurgau or Gewurztraminer from Alsace!” – Christine
“I love cheese in all forms! Goat, cow or sheep. Aged or fresh. Soft, firm or semi. Local, imported or homemade. Cheese, please! So I have a few cheeses to tell you about. Whenever I see goat cheese in an entree on any menu, I immediately want that dish over another. The creamy tanginess is just so irresistible. Another favorite is La Tur. I discovered it by accident. I thought it was a stinky cheese and that I may not like it, but once I tried it, I couldn’t stop eating it until it was gone. Maybe the creamiest cheese I’d ever had that wasn’t melted – so good it made me selfish! I didn’t want to share it with anyone (I did though, reluctantly). But my go-to cheese, when I want to impress people or bring a cheese to share, is Humboldt Fog. Not only is it beautiful with its distinct blue veins, I love the tangy creaminess that always satisfies.” – Amy
“The best cheese I ever ate is a clothbound cheddar. During these chilly, dreary winter months, nothing beats the comfort a melty grilled cheese, and it just isn’t a grilled cheese unless it’s piled high with a great quality sharp cheddar.” – David
You’ve heard some of our stories – share your favorite cheeses in the comments below!