This Fromage Friday brings us Adelle; my favorite [and the most popular] of the cheeses from Ancient Heritage Dairy. Located in Scio Oregon, Ancient Heritage is a sheep and cow dairy nestled between the foothills of the Oregon Cascade Mountains and the fertile Willamette Valley. This operation is a family affair as they all participate in the care of their lambs, ewes and cows. They’ve made it their goal to make clean, wholesome cheese using the best of old-world techniques combined with modern methods.
Named after their daughter Eleanor who goes by “Elle”, this phenomenal bite has an oozy texture when nice and ripe, and a flavor subtly reminiscent of hazelnuts. Soft ripened with an exquisite looking delicate pale white exterior, this mixed milk beauty contains a hybrid of East Friesian sheep and Ayrshire Cow milk. It is uniquely light and fluffy, with a whipped cream-like quality, major buttery notes and hints of citrus. Getting its creaminess from the cows milk, the sheep’s milk gives it extra richness, balance and complexity. Let its irresistible charms lead you to a glass of Pinot Gris, Reisling or Champagne.