Aged 60 Days
2015 American Cheese Society - 3rd Place - Soft-Ripened Washed Rind Category
Nickajack is named for Nickajack Cave, a local cavern with a storied past. In addition to housing a large colony of endangered grey bats, Civil War era saltpeter mining, tourism, and an intentional dam flood, the cave is the supposed site of Johnny Cash's attempted suicide-turned-spiritual enlightenment. Nickajack is a toothsome sliceable cheese with a meaty buttery paste. Washed for its entire aging with hard cider, its edible rind varies from golden brown to orange-red in color and hints at fresh cider in aroma.
Pairs nicely with a sweeter hard cider, brown and amber ales, maple bacon, and mustards. Melts wonderfully in mac and cheese or atop a pizza.