Barely Buzzed - BEEHIVE
This extremely unique and flavorful cheese combines espresso and lavender for a hand-rubbed rind which results in a paste containing subtle notes of butterscotch and caramel. Made from the milk of Jersey cows, this is a full-bodied cheese with a smooth, creamy texture. Barely Buzzed, considered by many to be a great American original, is one of the most popular cheeses and has won awards at the World Cheese Awards and American Cheese Society competitions. It’s all about the rub. Colorado Legacy Fine Coffee's produces a Beehive Blend of South American, Central American, and Indonesian beans roasted in different styles exclusively for Barely Buzzed. It turns out the love for food and artisan craftsmanship runs in the family.
The owner and roaster of Colorado Legacy Fine Coffee is the brother of cheesemaker Tim Welsh. Their unique espresso blend is then mixed with French Superior lavender buds and freshly ground onsite. The mixture is diluted with oil to suspend the dry ingredients in the rub. Rubbing the cheese produces notes of butterscotch and caramel near the rind, which find their way to the center of the cheese. Barely Buzzed is aged in a humidity controlled facility and then moved to two different temperatures during the aging process to develop texture and flavor. PS - Interesting side note: The name "Barely Buzzed" came from Andrea at Deluxe Foods in California. She was the winner of the “Name this Cheese” contest.
TYPE - Cheddar
DAIRY - Beecher's
FLAVOR & TEXTURE - Rubbing the cheese with espresso and lavender produces notes of butterscotch and caramel near the rind, which find their way to the center of the cheese which is luxuriously dense with a rich mouthfeel.