The blue cheese category is full of flavor, and Rogue Creamery is one of our industry’s leading makers. The supplier has further proven its prowess in the category, wielding the seasonal relaunch of its organic Flora Nelle Blue to capture the hearts and stomachs of consumers.
“Taken by the consistency of Bleu de Gex and the flavor of Bleu d’Auvergne, I combined the recipes and created an American original that is a tribute to our families,” said President David Gremmels, demonstrating Rogue Creamery’s expertise.
Clover, rye, native fescue, timothy, and orchard grasses growing in Rogue Creamery’s Southern Oregon pastures signal the season for Flora Nelle to make its return. After two months of aging, the seasonal spring cheese is being released for the first time in five years.
The flavors of this dense, savory blue cheese are best expressed with milk gathered this time of year. Gremmels and former partner Cary Bryant developed this cheese 10 years ago in honor of their grandmothers, Florence and Nelle, a press release stated. The recipe was inspired in part by traditional blue cheeses from France.
Similar to the year-round classic Caveman Blue, organic Flora Nelle has a natural rind and is the only Rogue Creamery cheese made with traditional rennet. These techniques provide the cheese with a unique texture and robust, umami-forward flavor profile.
“Rogue Creamery is a small, artisan facility with a dozen original blue cheese recipes. It is impossible to make each blue every week,” says Gremmels. “Each year, we select a couple recipes to bring back in order to satisfy the palates of our cheese-loving friends. This spring was Flora Nelle’s turn. We’re delighted to share this unique cheese with our customers and the community.”
The 2022 Flora Nelle blue cheese is very limited, and only being offered for direct sale through RogueCreamery.com and in-person at the company’s Cheese Shop and Farm Stand in Southern Oregon. Rogue Creamery anticipates it will sell out before the end of May. A small quantity of wheels has also been exported to Australia this year.
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