It’s finally Fall, and Little Big Apple, a collaborative project between Murray’s Cheese, Champlain Valley Creamery, and Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, captures the autumnal spirit perfectly. Inspired by the classic Banon’s of France, which are traditionally goat’s crottins, wrapped in chestnut leaves macerated and in eau de vie, this version brings together cow’s milk triple-créme, apple leaves and apple liqueur.

Cheesemaker Carlton Yoder starts with his Organic Champlain Triple, a soft-ripened triple créme bloomy rind (Silver Medal Winner, 2007 American Cheese Society Conference). Murray’s then takes the cheese, and wraps it in hand-picked apple leaves which have been macerated in Warwick Valley’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Apple Liqueur. These little packages are then aged in Murray’s Caves, allowing the Liqueur to infuse the cheese with the a complex blend of flavors and aromas. The buttery, mushroomy flavors of the the Triple blend with the sweetness of apple, with vegetal notes from the leaves and a slightly fermented, yeasty, earthy essence, especially at the rind, with a bit of bite from the alcohol. The paste is oozing at the creamline, but firmer and creamy in the center.

This cheese charms visually as well, presented as it is in a compact package, carefully wrapped in the leaves and tied shut with a bow of grass. Perfect as a centerpiece for a cheese plate.

Purchased at Murray’s Cheese. (Murray’s has also created a 4 minute video exploring the making of Little Big Apple, available on Vimeo.)

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  1. eatcheese-or-die reblogged this from murrayscheese and added:
    Dude, we gotta get this next week.
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  3. culinaryjourney23 reblogged this from murrayscheese and added:
    Delicious! I’d love to try some of this one day.
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  5. murrayscheese reblogged this from cheesenotes and added:
    Little Big Apple - a Murray’s original! This cheese is awesome. Easy on the eyes, too.
  6. mellifiedman reblogged this from clairenbutter and added:
    wiat wait wait clars is this in new york can we obtains this
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  12. noraleah reblogged this from cheesenotes and added:
    Good god what a beautiful thing.
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