Twig Farm Goat Tomme: Rustic and Smooth

November 27, 2010

When I saw Twig Farm’s Goat Tomme at the cheese shop I could not resist.  Yes, this cheese has a casual, rustic appearance that is appealing.  But really, I took home Goat Tomme because we demolished Twig Farm’s Washed Rind Wheel during our tasting a few weeks back.  Now, after tasting two cheeses from Twig Farm’s stable, we will try whatever we find from this producer.

Twig Farm Goat Tomme is a firm goat’s milk cheese produced in Vermont.  It is made from raw milk and is aged for 80 days.  It is produced in a tall cylindrical format (our photo shows the vertical side of the cheese, with its top and bottom book-ending the paste).

Twig Farm Tomme looks weathered.  Its natural rind is uneven and pocked; the rind is covered with soft gray, white and tan surface molds.  There are specks of what look like herbs embedded into the rind’s surface.  The rind is firm, yet the powdery surface molds give it a velvety feel.

The interior paste is the color of uncooked pasta.  The paste is smooth and solid with infrequent holes.

Twig Farm Goat Tomme smells like musty caves, stone, and forest soil.  The rind has an inviting aroma of rich soil and damp stone.  The interior paste has a fresh buttery scent.

Twig Farm Goat Tomme is a smooth cheese.  It is tangy, but the tanginess is balanced by a nuttiness and an underlying sweetness.  The paste’s berry-like sweetness is more evident in the paste closest to the rind.  The cheese has a smooth and almost semi-soft texure in the mouth.

Overall, Twig Farm Goat Tomme is relatively mild.  It is perfect on its own without accompaniment.  It is San Francisco’s rainy season now, yet this cheese’s perfume smells like a fall hike and encourages outdoor eating.  Twig Farm Goat Tomme would be good on a picnic or at a casual outdoor meal.

One caution: the rind’s surface molds are soft and powdery; they migrated to my fingers and the cheese when I casually unwrapped my sample.  The migrating molds made the cheese look dusty.  Consider this before putting on a communal cheese plate that is likely to be handled by kids.

Purchase Notes:  We purchased Twig Farm Goat Tomme at Cowgirl Creamery (San Francisco).  This cheese is also available online from Twig Farm.

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