O'Banon is a riff on the classic French goat cheese Banon. Both are fresh chèvre wrapped in chestnut leaves, but cheesemaker, extraordinaire, Judy Schad takes O'Banon and puts a Kentuckiana spin on it by soaking the leaves in Kentucky Bourbon instead of eau-de-vie. The result is a fresh chèvre with lots of character. Its texture is dense, clay-like, and smooth. The leaves lend some tannic, herbaceous notes to the flavor that finishes with a hint of vanilla from the Kentucky Bourbon.
Farm/Producer/Importer: Capriole Farm/Judy Schad
Place: Greenville, IN
Milk Type: Goat
Age: N/A (fresh)
Pairing: Prosecco, wheat beers, dry cider