They say that curiosity killed the cat. Sometimes this can be applied to cheese making too. I have been curious how the Amber Crossing, my spruce wrapped-amber ale washed, cheeses would turn out. I know that the cheeses are less than 60 days old, but it was time to try at least the one that did not have a strap, as a quality control measure. Well that is what I was telling myself to justify opening it early.
This wheel was only washed with the ale for 7 days, I was concerned that the paste was softening too fast so I stopped the wash early. These were some of the factors I would have to consider while tasting it. The main question remained…How would it taste? (more…)