O’Banon is a goat’s milk cheese in the Capriole line, produced by Judy Schad in the United States. One of first few cheeses made on the farm in 1988, O’Banon is wrapped in chestnut leaves and soaked in Kentucky Woodford Reserve Bourbon. The tannin in the leaves combined with the bourbon imparts a fresh, light, citrusy and aromatic taste to the cheese. At the same time, the sweetness and delicate balance of goat’s milk is also pronouncedly clear.
The texture of O’Banon is moist, delicate and silky with an interior that is ivory white in colour. The pate where the cheese has come in contact with the leave tends to become brown. Vacuum packed when the leaves are slightly wet, the cheese is allowed to ripen under the leaves.
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