Hudson Valley Cheese- Truffle Falls
(not that it matters)
I am spending some much-needed time in the Finger Lakes. I planned to do some writing, read some sappy Nicholas Sparks novels, and enjoy wine and cheese no matter the hour of the day. When preparing for the trip, I laid out the things I would need:
- Bathing suit
- Relaxing work clothes for remote lakeside projects
- Miss Tillie
Not necessarily in that order. The cheese was heavily on my mind for two reasons: one, the enjoy, and two, to blog. Truffle Falls did not disappoint. The flavor is very unique. Your mind expects authentic truffle flavor alone, but the Garam Masala on the outside delivers a surprise. It is a hint of Indian spices, cumin, coriander, cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, bring it home. I am not a huge fan of Indian food, and although not overpowering, I am not sure I would choose it again.
This delicious semi-soft cow’s milk cheese is made in layers with Italian black truffle peelings. The outside is rubbed in white truffle oil, vegetable ash, and Garam Masala for a truly unique and decadent taste. This item comes in a 5 lb. wheel, or convenient 6 oz. wedges.
The texture is somewhat firm, I brought it just about to room temperature and it was perfect.
Not too strong. but the Garam Masala definitely rises above.
Look and feel
You can see from this image how the seasoning on the outside permeate through. The slight band of truffles does the job delivering that signature truffle taste. I sliced it and topped our favorite stretch bread from the Patisserie in Skaneateles.
Because of the hint of Indian spice, a fruity Riesling or Alberino works nicely.
Where to buy it
According to their website, “Our products are made in Troy, NY by master cheese maker Sean O’Connor. We offer a full line of artisan cheeses, both cow and goat’s milk, as well as yogurt. The milk we use is sourced by farms in the Hudson, Mohawk and Hoosick Valley.”
So while Miss Tillie sleeps soundly under the desk, I will continue to enjoy my afternoon wine and cheese reprieve and enjoy the view.