Saturday, July 26, 2014

Butlers Blacksticks Blue Cheese - Micro Blog

Butlers Blacksticks Blue
Subject: Butlers Blacksticks Blue | Source: Picture kindly provided by courtesy of the Butlers Specialty Cheeses.
Having a sister-in-law who sells wholesale gourmet goodies to Portland's finer restaurants allows me to sample the occasional treat.  Most recently, she brought a wedge of Butlers Blacksticks Blue to a weekend get together, and I fell in love.

Located in the pasture lands of Lancashire, England, Butlers Farmhouse makes this soft, blue-veined cheese from the pasteurized milk of the family's own cows.  The cheese is matured for eight weeks, allowing it to develop a bright orange color, reminiscent of Huntsman & Cotswald.

Streaked with yummy blue mold, Butlers Blacksticks Blue delivers a salty tangy bold flavor.  Keeping in mind the punch of flavor this cheese brings to the table, I'd pair it with a nice dark stout beer such as Young's Double Chocolate Stout or McMenamins Terminator Stout, which can stand up against the cheese's strong taste.

With nothing bad to say about Butlers Blacksticks Blue, I give this cheese 10 out of 10 stars.


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