Dirt Lover is styled after classic ash-dusted French farmhouse cheeses like Selles-sur-Cher and Valençay. It has an edible white bloomy rind that reveals an underlying layer of vegetable ash. When cut, it shows a lovely black border created by the ash just under the white rind. This ring, and our love of the soil, is the inspiration behind the name.
In spring, Dirt Lover is firm and dense with a nuttiness balanced by the savory notes of the ash. In summer, it is firm when young and develops a creamy ring just under the ash which expands as the cheese ages.
As it ages, flavors deepen and become earthy and buttery with a hint of citrusy tang. It is aged for at least two weeks and reaches its peak at six to eight weeks.
Dirt Lover was recognized for outstanding flavor and quality at the prestigious American Cheese Society 2010 competition.