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Named for the next hamlet over from Vulto creamery in Walton, NY, Hamden is cheese gone wild. Its birth story: cheesemaker Jos Vulto took a few wheels from their Ouleout batch and let them free to develop their own natural rind. Lo and behold: a rich diversity of molds and yeasts on the rind for plenty of earthy crunch. Its semi-soft paste tastes of the valley in spring—fresh milk, just-cut grass, hay. Hamden is Tomme de Savoie’s Hudson Valley soul sister. It begs for farmhouse ale, a crusty baguette, and ripe stone fruit. Jos Vulto left his career as a metal-worker to follow the siren-call of cheesemaking. He started out in his Brooklyn apartment, crafting cheese in his kitchen and aging his wheels beneath the sidewalk. In 2012, he opened a real-deal operation in New York’s western Catskills. We’re happy he did. He sources milk his neighbor, farmer Dan Finn’s herd of Holstein and Jersey cows and makes raw milk beauties full of charisma and depth. Read More
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Our story begins in a walnut grove set against the late spring sky of Emilia-Romagna with the tender leaves of sprawling hardwoods. Late in the season, before the leaves become bitter and dry, they are quickly gathered and layered in cozy clay crocks with just-made wheels of pecorino. Read More
A firm raw cow milk cheese with intense fruit and olive flavors.
2014 American Cheese Society Winner Read More
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