Some England some Vermont some Wallace and Gromit

Christmas festivities came and went with the nicest of little cheese hints, despite my personal lack of cheese insertion into the proceedings. Memere, who has liquid cash to burn, is quite a fan of catalog ordering hence she's one of those ladies hence she bought a wheel of Vermont Cheddar from the Vermont Country Store and we nommed on little bitties with our desert wine on Christmas Eve. HENCE: 

 Vermont cheddar in a crumbly slice form

Vermont cheddar in a crumbly slice form

the Vermont ched has a wonderful buttery color and shows a young wisdom with the hints of transparent flakin. At first bite there is a round, mellow flavor like a sine curve with the most genial of amplitudes and laziest of frequencies. The end note is a little veggie stir fry-soy umami funk. This VC would be be great for Mac and cheese or an updated cheese tuile. 

So serendipitous was the chance meeting of 87-year old Pauline, a friend of a family friend with a fancy for Wensleydale visiting from Leicestershire in the U. I said "plz Pauline buy me good cheez u like" and she brought back 2 stalwarts from Ford Farms that really highlight the unique cheesemaking tradition in England. Wensleydale, apart from being a crowd pleaser all over the world, is the preferred cheese of Wallace (from the almost eponymous Wallace + Gromit). When the W+G feature film was released in 2005, Wensleydale cheese sales increased by 23%! Here's a peek at the regular Wensleydale that I nibbed first: 

 That velvety tangy wensleydale thang  

That velvety tangy wensleydale thang
 

It was crumbly supple and a little granular when I mashed it round, and reminded me of a fresh chèvre in the warm consistency and dairy tang. I blieve the Wensleydale cows have a higher fat content in their milk, and that extra fat/protein content was like ver apparent in the richness. noted a strong high note of sharp, bitterish cream along with the dairy musk. The along came Wensleydale v.2, this iteration mixed with honey and fig:

 That sweet crunchy wensleydale thang

That sweet crunchy wensleydale thang

The presence of the honey and figs lent itself très nicely to the dairy haze and flavors of malt and sweet cream were paired with the tangy, glutamic savour. The surprise fig seed crunch added an addictive je ne sais quoi to the noms. After a couple bites I realized the certain sweet/savory profile of this Wensleydale was analogous to that of honey-blended Greek yogurt and that made me search even more in the cheese for unexpected flavor analogies, which is the best thing that cheese can do for you! Uncovering food hints and flavors in cheese is a showcase of the zany and sometimes inappropriate variety of cheese yes plz