Meadow Creek, a dairy in Galax, Va., called its very first cheese Appalachian, a nod to home in the hilly southwest corner of the state. Normally aged for three months, the raw cow’s milk cheese now comes in this extra-aged version, after eight months in the cellar, yielding a toasty, haystack aroma, a semisoft texture and buttery, caramel flavor with a pungent bite. It’s a cheese to savor on its own with a glass of Auslese or oloroso.
Extra-Aged Appalachian, $34 a pound, murrayscheese.com.
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