Holiday Gift Collections
Our newest experiment! Named for the milky-white flowers of the native Galax evergreen, Galax is a washed-curd, natural rind cheese similar to Gouda. Its mild flavor and smooth, buttery texture bring out the natural sweetness of the milk, with hints of walnut in the finish.
A website exclusive, this cheese is still in development and may change in size, shape, and flavor as we continue to work on the recipe.
Available exclusively from our online store -- our newest experiment! Aged the usual two to six months in our cellar, these cheeses have then been "finished" by cold-smoking them with a mix of hickory and applewood chips. The result is a subtle smoky flavor which compliments the cheese without overwhelming it. The smoking process also gives a lovely velvety texture to the finished cheese.
Our smoke-finished Appalachian comes in a seven-ounce wedge. Smoke-Finished Grayson is offered as a quarter-wheel of around three-quarters of a pound, and our Mini Grayson is smoke-finished as a whole wheel, usually weighing in between ten and twelve ounces.
A small format version of our bestselling cheese, Minis are washed for two months in our cellars with Hardywood’s Singel ale. These petit beauties have Grayson’s classic washed rind earthiness, complimented by the smooth, yeasty beer flavor, with subtle notes of cream and a rich fruity finish. The texture is spreadably silky and melting right up to the reddish-yellow rind. Each Mini is between two-thirds and three-quarters of a pound.
Recently featured in the New York Times "Front Burner" column, this long-aged version of our original recipe Appalachian is aged for over eight month in our cellars. The extra age turns Appalachian into a lush, fruity cheese with overtones of toasted butter, with a mushroom earthiness that recalls the intensity of the cellars and a tangy, smooth finish. The texture is firm but velvety, melting on the tongue.
A long-running, slow-burn experiment, Mountain Laurel is modeled after the hard Italian Grana-style cheeses such as Parmigiano-Reggiano and Trentingrana. Currently we are offering the 2 batches we made in 2020 for sale.
At over a year of aging, the Mountain Laurel is a dense, full-bodied cheese, whose pronounced grassy and fruity notes are complimented by a rich melted butter flavor and a hint of nuttiness. Smoother and creamier than its European counterparts, the Mountain Laurel makes an excellent cheese for either the kitchen or the table.