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One of my favorite blogs is The Canada Cheese Man, a blog completely devoted to cheese. I love it because the author reviews all varieties of cheese, the popular and the more obscure. I have loved every cheese I have tried thus far. The Cheese Man is inspiring me to try more.

Today’s Cheese- Troyer’s Hickory Smoked Cheddar

Troyer’s has well over 75 different cheeses sold under their label. According to their website, it is a family owned business that sells to family owned businesses. I bought it at  the Old Town Amish Food Store in Berea, KY. (This is a pretty neat place. If you are in the area, you should check it out.) The cheese was $4.28 for about 8 ounces.

The cheese has pizzazz but would not be classified as “sharp”. The smoked flavor is nice but not overpowering.  I really like the firmness of the rind, with its nice basket weave pattern. It is in slight contrast of the firmness of the cheddar. The cheese is not a soft cheese but is less firm than the generic cheddar you would buy at the grocery. (Maybe this is because of the increased processing and decreased freshness of mass produced cheese?!) This would be a nice cheese eaten with crackers or on a sandwich as it would hold up well against other flavors. I like this cheese a lot. Probably will buy it in the future too. If you try this, let me know what you think…