Yukon Raft Update. – Oh So Soft and Gooey!

A few weeks ago I posted a picture of a Yukon Raft that I sampled.  I did not give much by way of a description of the experience, now that the temperature here has dropped below 30C I don’t mind sitting in front of a computer and write.  The pictures for this post were taken with my iPad.

The first Yukon Raft for sampling, it was about 6 weeks old.

The first Yukon Raft for sampling, it was about 6 weeks old.

It took about an hour for the cheese to come up to room temperature.  The rind had lots of give when I pressed on it, so I did not want to use a knife to cut through the spruce strap on this one.  I used a spoon to take the top off and see if it was as gooey as I had hoped.

What a surprise this was, better than I had hoped.

What a surprise this was, soft and gooey!

I was so happy with how it looked I peeled back the rest of the “lid” and started to scoop out the gooey paste with some crackers.  I could not stop eating this cheese, even when I reached the centre, which was still somewhat firm.  I could use the crackers to scoop it out , it has the texture of cream cheese.

When all was said and done, all I was left with was a hollowed out cheese boat.

When all was said and done, all I was left with was a hollowed out cheese boat.

Tasting Notes For The Six-Week Yukon Raft

  • Appearance: Beige/brown with some speckling of geo on in the wrinkles.
  • Nose (aroma):  You could pick up yeasty notes with a mix of the ale and it had a “meaty” smell to it..
  • Overall Taste: Unlike the Amber Crossings, this one starts with a meaty flavour.  It was almost like a good salami, then it moved to the lactic sweetness and finished with a slight pepperiness.
  • Sweet to Salty: This was a great mix of sweet and salt.  I have to say it was well-balanced.
  • Mild (mellow) to Robust to Pungent (stinky): This was a great robust cheese!
  • Mouth Feel: (gritty, sandy, chewy, greasy, gummy, etc.): Soft and gooey.

I had the chance to taste another one last week at 8 weeks old.  The flavour was pretty much the same, maybe a little more pronounce and the pepperiness had become more subtle and the sweetness was more of the finishing flavour.

8 weeks old and ready to be tried again.

8 weeks old and ready to be tried again.

This time I cut the raft in two.  I wanted to show the centre and how it was still "firmer" than the gooey sides.

This time I cut the raft in two. I wanted to show the centre and how it was still “firmer” than the gooey sides.

At 8 weeks I am happy at how these are aging and I can’t wait to see how they are next Friday when they reach 10 weeks.  Not bad for store-bought milk if you ask me!20140423-094429.jpg

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