Pleasant Ridge Reserve I very easily could have made this a "Mountain Cheese" mention. Instead, it's worth bringing a bit of attention to a superlative version made in Wisconsin, modeled after Beaufort, the Old World classic. Nutty, sweet, and deep, with a dynamic finish redolent of wood, meat, and brown sugar. If you love Gruyere and the like, this cheese will pretty much change your life.
Queso de la Serena Again, one of the more unique cheeses out there, mainly because it's made with raw sheep milk and thistle rennet. Any cheese of this style would suffice in my list, as this type of cheese is its own animal entirely. These cheeses are nearly sour, but floral. You'll find these cheeses in Southern Spain and Portugal, and it's partly for this reason—that they're so geographically specific—that cheeses of this style make the cut.
We will not be at this Saturday's Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market on June 13th. You can still get your cheese at Wednesday's Dixie Twilight Farmer's Market and by pre-order with pick-up or delivery.
Super-Aged Gouda If a gouda's been aged for more than three years, it turns into something more akin to candy than cheese. Hard, nearly crystalline, and straight-up sweet, this style of cheese can stand alone on a cheese plate, and serves a most excellent option for dessert for those persnickety non-dessert lovers.
Castello Summer of Blue — Blue Cheese, Apple and Candied Pecan Salad