As the industry gathered last week to celebrate the wins at the World Championship Cheese Contest, some companies near and dear to the Deli Market News teams' heart were winning big at the esteemed event. One such company was Jasper Hill Farm, whose two cheeses, Highlander and Lait Bloomer, made it into the Top 20.
“It’s a huge honor to be recognized at this high-level competition amongst such excellent cheeses from all over the world—and in the friendly-cheese-rival state of Wisconsin no less. Our young team has demonstrated that curiosity and tenacity in service of a community-focused mission can produce amazing results. I’m so proud to be a part of that team,” stated Zoe Brickley, who oversees Jasper Hill’s marketing efforts.
Highlander, the team’s newest cheese, was named a Top 20 Finalist. This mountain-style cheese is made with goat milk from Jasper Hill’s collaborative new venture with Bridgman Hill Farm. According to a press release, this cheese has a rosy orange washed rind and a smooth, pliable texture. Judges noted its richness of texture, savory complexity, and milky sweet character. They also noted that it would be a great match for briny green olives or preserved lemon.
The Lait Bloomer, also in the Top 20, is sent unripened to the Murray’s Cheese aging facility in Long Island City, New York. There, it is coated in dried flowers and herbs before letting the cheese’s white flora bloom through the coating for a gorgeous appearance.
Jasper Hill also noted that its raw milk, winter seasonal cheese, Winnimere, took home a Best in Class award, and its Harbison and Barley Hazen Blue cheeses finished in the top three of their classes.
Congratulations to Jasper Hill Farm on this incredible honor!