After the holiday break The Stinking Bishops Research team has taste tested two New Zealand cheeses from the north Island.
The first on the right is from Mahoe Farmhouse Cheese and it's their Mahoe Blue. A fabulous cows milk blue and they're certified organic, if you have ever tasted a shropshire blue, it is very similar, semi soft, creamy and not too sharp.
The next, the white left cheese, is a Whangaripo Buffalo Cheese Co. Ash Brie, made from buffalo milk. Amazing in texture and very light in colour. Similar to a young Brie from Australia but with a creamy texture and beautiful after taste. The ash rind helps to give it some complexity and both are great picks.
If you happen to come across them I would definitely recommend to try them and if you find the Mahoe aged Gouda it's also a winner.
Another New Zealand surprise was the cider from MOA Breweries called Weka. I first visited the breweries back in 2009 when I was staying at the winemakers house at cloudy bay wineries. I wondered down the road and found this small brewery that I had heard good things about. Fast forward to the end of 2013 and I find MOA again but this time in a convenience store in Auckland.
The Weka I tried was the pear cider and I usually avoid any cider that's not apple since they tend to be on the sweet side, but it was the only cider that looked half decent and the MOA beer I had in 2009 was excellent and boy was it good. It's the first pear cider that wasn't too sweet i've liked, It had a great oaky taste and took me back to the borough markets where I have had a few ciders in my time.
If your looking for a crisp fruity cider without the sweet, then grab a Weka. For more information go to the MOA website HERE