Official Description:A triple-cream, washed-rind, fully-flavored cheese made from organic cow’s milk from the Straus Family Dairy. Aged six weeks and washed with a brine solution that promotes the growth of a bacteria that tints the rind a sunset red-orange, Red Hawk won Best-In-Show at the American Cheese Society’s Annual Conference in 2003.
My own notes:
Look: Pale golden yellow, barely solid, rind is a an light orange rust color. Looks along the lines of an egg custard
Mouthfeel: Soft and, dare I say, creamy. Very light and smooth in the mouth.
Taste: Sweet at first crescendoing into a strong nutty taste, along the lines of a concentrated hazelnut taste. Tops out at a bitterness upon the tongue, and finishes slowly into a buttery taste.