Kunik, I have missed you so. We finally have this cheese back in stock, and the price has come down considerably (maybe the recession drove the price down, who knows) making it a semi-pricey, but completely worth it indulgence. Nettle Meadow is a creamery in upstate New York producing excellent farmstead cheeses. Farmstead cheeses are defined as having the complete cycle produced right on the farm; raising the animal, harvesting the milk and cream, and producing the cheese. Even Better Nettle Meadow pasture raises their animals making for healthful and flavorful cheeses.
Cheese lovers, if you haven't tried the Kunik, you have yet to experience cheese nirvana. Here is how the dairy, Nettle Meadow describes this cheese:
Kunik is a unique and voluptuous triple cream cheese only made in Thurman, New York in the Warrensburg area at our small family farm. It is a white mold-ripened wheel made from goat's milk and jersey cow cream. The blend makes Kunik far richer and more flavorful than a brie-type cheese yet more subtle and sumptuous than similarly ripened goat cheeses.
Here is what critics are saying:
"Kunik is dreamy mild-ripened cheese made from a mix of goat's milk and fresh Jersey cream. It ranges from earthy, grassy and slightly firm to supple and unctuous and pungent, depending on its level of maturity. Kunik is delicious at any age and deserves a much coveted place in your belly." Anne Saxelby's Selections, Saxelby Cheesemonger, Essex Market, NYC, 2006.
"Kunik, a soft, bloomy Jersey cow and goat's milk cheese from Warrensburg New York was killing me softly with its smooth, creamy, flavorful but not at all stinky song. Jersey cows are known for their high milk-fat output and it comes through brilliantly in the Kunik." Grocery Guy, Chuck Klosterman's blog. June 12, 2006.
"...this tart tangy triple creme made of pasteurized goat milk, but enriched with fatty jersey cow cream. The blend makes for a sumptuous, thick buttery taste that retains the kick of fresh chevre." Murray's Cheese, NYC, 2006.
"It doesn't make you tired like other cheeses... This, you want to have more. It is very inviting. You could eat this with a spoon, it is very addictive." Joseba Encabo, Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY.