Want flavor, looks and alcohol, Shakerag Blue is your cheese. A blue cheese wrapped in local fig leaves that have been soaked in Chattanooga Whiskey. A southern take on leaf-wrapped blue cheeses.
The name is derived from both the beautiful Shakerag Hollow known for its wildflowers and rich moonshining past, as well as an old Prohibition era method of either alerting moonshiners to approaching revenue agents, or as a way to procure some white lightening of one's own. A truly southern cheese.
The whiskey-soaked fig leaves impart aroma and flavor to the cheese, helping to seal in moisture and create a creamy yet crumbly texture. After 4 months of ageing, it has a sweet and fruity interior is reminiscent of root beer and lends itself to more savory notes of bacon and dark chocolate towards the rind.
Obviously it pairs nicely with Chattanooga Whiskey, but also with barley wine, root beer, dried fruits, and raisin toast. It crumbles well for salads and steaks, and deserves a prime spot on the cheese board.
Sequatchie Cove Creamery is a family-run business owned and operated by Nathan and Padgett Arnold. The focus here is on expressing the local southeastern Tennessee terroir, as well as sustainability; the 100% solar-powered creamery's most substantial waste product, whey, is fed back to the farm's livestock.
We hand-cut and wrap this cheese in wedge of 1 pound and 8 ounces and you can purchase an entire wheel of approx. 6.5 pounds.