Beekman 1802 Blaak Cheese
It's easy to see why the first artisanal cheese produced from the goats from the Beekman Farm has been given the name Blaak. It wears an edible black rind of ash. The ash helps mellow the acidity and promote ripening. The result is an Italian-style semi-hard cheese made from a 60:40 mix of goat and cow milk. The blend combines the best of both worlds, the slight tang of goat cheese with the delectable creamy mouthfeel of cow's milk cheese. The cheese is aged four months in the Beekman 1802 caves and is coated with ash at each turning to promote the ripening of the wheel. It's available at various purveyors in New York including Murrays Cheese, Garden of Eden, Stinky Brooklyn and Marlow & Daughters or you can order it online for $45 for a 2-3 pound wheel.