Big Woods Blue is a pasteurized sheep's milk blue cheese produced by Shepherd's Way Farms of Southeastern Minnesota. Counted as one of the best blue cheeses in the country, Big Woods Blue is characterized by an ivory colour paste, speckled with pale blue-green veins that are more prominent towards the centre of the cheese. Flavours are robust and full-flavoured with undeniably assertive spicy, peppery and tangy notes. However, the pronounced flavours are balanced by the sweet notes of the sheep's milk.
Big Woods Blue pairs well with a rich Port or a sweet Muscadet. It has won many awards; the most notable one was at the 2011 American Cheese Society.
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