A Green Dirt Farm original, Dirt Lover is styled on the lines of French ash coated cheeses like Selles-sur-Cher and Valençay. It has an edible bloomy rind enveloping an underlying layer of vegetable ash. When cut, it reveals black border of ash underneath the bloomy white rind, which is the inspiration behind the name. In spring, the cheese has a firm, dense texture with savoury notes from the ash balanced by the nuttiness of the pate. In summer, the firm texture develops a creamy ring under the ash which expands as the cheese ages. With age, Dirt Lover becomes intense, earthy and buttery with a hint of citrusy tang. It is aged for a minimum of two weeks, finally reaching its optimum maturation at six to eight weeks.A coveted medal winner at the 2013 American Cheese Society competition, Dirt Lover pairs perfectly with IPAs, Pale Ales, and Lambic. If you are a wine lover, try Sancerre, Sauternes, Prosecco or any other sparkling wines.
6 months ago
Great soft-ripened sheep milk cheese. Mild, buttery. Love the gradient of textures in the paste. The piece we had was a little over-ripe and slightly ammoniated, but still very good. Would love to try it again at peak ripeness.
a year ago
This sheep milk cheese is on the mild side and the perfect one for someone that do not like goat cheese, a nice step up to intro to sheep cheeses. Definitely let it ripe or buy it if you can feel it a bit soft, otherwise definitely leave it at room temp for an hour before eating this lovely ash bloomy cheese. Loved it...