Fromager D'Affinois with Black Peppercorn
This on was like a super creamy brie with black pepper throughout and concentrated in the rind. I usually like and eat a cheese's rind, but the rind on this one was actually the best part! Since this cheese, my new obsession is herbed or seasoned brie. I cannot get enough. Eat it with pretzel crackers or anything really. Costco actually sells a 1/4 wheel of herbed brie that is quite good.
Boschetto Truffle Cheese
Truffles, right in the cheese. Need I say more? The truffle pieces were divine and had imparted their flavor on the entire block so every single bite was truffle-rific. It wasn't cheap, but it was worth every cent.
Ossau-Irati (Claverolle de Pyronees)
This is a firm sheep's milk cheese. This one is from the French side of the Basque region. I've had similar cheeses and they all seem to say Basque or have basque somehow in the name. I love to travel and want to go everywhere but France has never been at the top of my list. If I can eat cheese like this every day, I'll move there today. It's super creamy tasting and my dad, who swore he wouldn't sheep cheese, LOVED it. Seriously, don't be scared. Try it. You won't regret it.
Fresh goat cheese crusted with tarragon, thyme and pink peppercorns. I've never met a goat cheese I didn't love, but fresh chevre with either herbs mixed right in or used as a crust it's just about as perfect as cheese gets.
I hope this post has encouraged you to go try a cheese you've never had or step outside of your comfort zone next time you're at the grocery store. I highly recommend getting to know your cheese counter person at a smaller local grocery store. They will usually let you try anything before you buy! These four cheese were all from Surdyk's in Minneapolis, but most local markets will have a pretty good selection to explore.