Tarago River Cheesemaker Pack
Tarago River Cheesemaker Pack
Sending from 2 Aug
We can't go without small Australian cheesemakers like Tarago River Cheese. We love working with our cheesemakers, sharing in their passion and showcasing the artful way they craft their cheese. Tarago is no exception. It's hard to choose only four of the best cheeses when it comes to Tarago, they're all so dreamy but in this pack, we've done our best to bring together what we'd say is four of the 'best cheeses of the season'.
In this pack you will get:
- Gippsland Blue Cow's Milk
- Jensen's Red Cow's Milk
- Blue Orchard Cow's Milk
- Gippsland Brie Cow's Milk
- Tasting & Pairing Notes
Who is Tarago?
Settled in the Western Port catchment in Gippsland, Tarago River Cheese company uses the seasonal variations in the region to their advantage and continue to follow the time honoured tradition of farmhouse cheesemaking. So what does this mean for all the cheese-lovers out there? You get to discover a bountiful cheese harvest with multiplicity of flavours and textures! Cheese, they wheel-y (we had to) do make miracles!
What are the cheeses*?
Four creamy and oozy cheeses are included in this pack:
BLUE: Gippsland Blue
So we had to share exactly how Tarago River Cheese explains the flavour of their famous Gippsland Blue. Listen to this. It’s deeply complex like a ‘difficult child’ demanding great care and attention to mature. Well sorry to the difficult children out there that had to read that, but can’t you relate? Too funny! This really is the goo-gar of blue cheeses.
STINKY: Jensen's Red
What an absolute art - like an abstract painter with a brush, this Jensen’s Red is a true skill to master and a creative outlet for our friends at Tarago River. Named after cheesemaker Laurie Jensen and influenced greatly by seasonal milk conditions, it’s nature's wild child. This is a tricky cheese to craft but when done right, oh my crackers and cheese, it’s a moment! This is one of those moments. How do they do it you ask? Well well, we can’t give all their secrets away, it’s cheese code. But between us, they wash the surface of the chalky curds with a light brine solution that encourages the brevi-bacterium linens and LAF yeasts added in the wash to run free like a wild mare in the Victorian wind. What happens next is really Mother Nature’s magic. When perfectly ripe, it oozes with creamy goodness and shows off a brilliant yellow soft mould rind. Grab your piece of paradise and grab a full bodied chardonnay, this is a moment to be savoured.
BLUE: Shadows of Blue
If cheesemakers had nightmares, Tarago’s Shadows of Blue would be the ultra scary kind because of the difficulty and skill it requires to be made. Oh but it sure is worth the holy dreams it brings to all the lucky mouths that devour it! It’s a delightfully delicious double cream blue and yes it’s a thing and yes it’s as mind-blowing as you expect it to be. This unique Australian cheese is soft and creamy with a placid P.Roqueforti mould which shares centre stage with several wildly delicious yeasts powering their way through the flavour profile. It requires absolute perfect cellaring to ensure a perfect texture and perfect flavour is achieved, and as usual Tarago have gone ahead and outdone themselves yet again.
SOFT: Gippsland Brie
Made to traditional fermentation processes with free-range, fresh milk, you’ll be delighted with a soothing, mellow flavour with a suggestion of nuttiness. The ripper the brie, the more that yummy nuttiness will push through like a delightful daisy on a summer's day!
Why The Tarago Pack is for you
- Buying Tarago River Cheese means you’re helping to support a small, family-owned cheesemaker and free-range farmer.
- Made with fresh milk from their 400 free-range cows, so you know it’s cheese made from a happy, healthy source!
- A photo of you with your cheese pack will make you look 200% more popular on Facebook. We guarantee this.
* Cheeses may change without notice if they become unavailable. In this case, we will substitute with another great cheese.
Blessed are the cheesemakers.
Add on The Grazing Box
The Grazing Box includes four great artisan products to add more life to your cheeseboard. Each item has been specially selected to complement each of the cheeses and support four small artisan makers. In the Grazing Box there is:
Fleur Lavosh by Silver Tongue
Marinated Baby Figs by Far Meadows Lodge
Orange, Cinnamon and Cayenne Dark Chocolate by Jasper & Myrtle
Quince Paste and Pear & Pink Pepper Paste by Ugly Duck Fine Foods
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DETAILS ABOUT DELIVERY CAN BE FOUND HERE.
Where do you deliver to?
We deliver to all parts of Australia! I know, it's exciting for us too. For most customers, your order will be delivered in a refrigerated vehicle. For the small number of customers in far flung regions, we use Australia Post and utilise our highly specialised insulation and gel pack system to ensure your cheese arrives in great condition.
Will my order be delivered with a refrigerated vehicle or Australia Post?
90% of our customers will have their order delivered in a refrigerated vehicle. This means that the entire journey is refrigerated from us to your door. Those outside our refrigerated network will be sent via Australia Post. When we send via AusPost, we use a special insulation and gel pack system to ensure your cheese arrives fresh.
You can look up your postcode to see if you are part of our refrigerated network here - cheesetherapy.com/ColdDelivery
When will my order be shipped?
We know you want cheese BAD! This means that we will dispatch most days of the week. 90% of our deliveries are part of our refrigerated delivery network so these will leave us most days of the week. Your order is kept refrigerated the entire journey from when it leaves us to when it arrives at your door. Ding dong!
If you are in a harder to reach location, we have to use Australia Post. We have created a specialised insulation product to handle the arduous journey so that your cheese arrives fresh. We actually teamed up with a vaccine transport company in 2020 to develop our packaging to ensure we have the World's Best solution. We only ship via AusPost on Monday and Tuesday to ensure we don't run the risk of your cheese sitting in a hot warehouse somewhere over the weekend.
How much is shipping?
We charge a simple flat rate fee for all orders UNDER $150 of $14.95. Spend over $150 and shipping is FREE!
Can I track my order?
Your order will have all the tracking info needed to ensure a successful delivery. We are constantly upgrading our capabilities to ensure you are happy and have any concerns about where your order is. For items being delivered in a refrigerated vehicle, we offer a higher level of tracking including same day notifications and estimated delivery times to ensure you know when your goodies are coming.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you require assistance.
Q: Will the Therapy Box always be available?
A: The Therapy Box was created to support Australian cheesemakers facing the challenges in 2020 of bushfires, then coronavirus impacting their small businesses. We have committed to offering a new Therapy Box each month to feature and share the handmade, artisanal work of the Australian cheesemaking industry – we will stick by them for as long as they need us!
Q: I ordered a pack 2 weeks ago and my cheese isn’t here yet?
A: There’s generally a week turnaround now from ordering to delivery, just due to demand across Australia from cheese lovers wanting to support our cheesemakers. We process every order in turn, to be fair. We’ve been packing and shipping cheese around the clock and our cheesemakers are working hard to keep up! If you have an order number, we are packing it for you. Once you receive a tracking number, your pack is being shipped and should take just a few days to arrive; your tracking number enables you to follow its progress and you will receive an alert upon its arrival.
Depending on your postcode, your pack will either arrive via Australia Express Post or Home Delivery Service cold couriers.
PLEASE NOTE: Some cheese packs are a preorder and have the date of delivery noted at the top of the product page in red.
Q: Where do you deliver?
A: We can deliver anywhere in Australia and have shipped to cheese lovers in many rural and remote areas from the NT to WA to Tasmania! We do not ship our packs overseas.
Q: My cheese pack arrived warm and the frozen gel packs have melted, is it ok to eat?
A: Cheese is hardy, so if it looks good, smells and tastes good, they are. We always advise people to go by their own digression. Cheese is best served once left out of the fridge for an hour to allow the flavours to come through. The “best by” date is a guide and we find that cheese will ripen for another 2 or more weeks, refrigerated. If you’re in doubt, please contact us at email@example.com
Q: My cheese has arrived close to the Best By date – is it ok to eat?
A: Cheesemakers often joke that this should be a “Best After” date, because it indicates when the cheese is ripening and starting to really show its characteristics and flavours; many makers and cheese lovers try to wait for as long as we can to let the cheese mature and develop. The rind and cheese will change in colour, mould may darken and the cheese flavours become stronger, earthier, nuttier and tastier! Our cheeses are all freshly delivered from the maker and have an approximate refrigerated life of 3 weeks if kept wrapped – if you can hold off that long. We recommend giving it a go!
Our cheeses are left with the cheesemaker for a long a possible to prevent bland, unripened cheese going to our customers.
FUN FACT - if you see cheese marked down in the supermarket because it is close to Best Before date - take advantage of this bargain! This is when cheese is becoming its best and ripe state. This is exactly how the cheesemaker intends it to be eaten.
USE BY DATE: Use by dates are different to Best Before dates. Fresh cheeses, such as ricotta, chevres or feta should be consumed by their Use By date.
Q: How do you keep the cheese cold during delivery?
A: If we express post, we pack all cheeses with care into high quality food safe packaging with frozen gel packs and insulation materials to keep your cheese in ideal condition for several days.
If your pack is sent via our Home Delivery courier service, we refrigerate it all the way to your door and will either leave it for you with frozen gel packs, or can pop it into your esky if you leave it out for us when you are notified the driver is coming.
Q: I’m worried about the condition of my cheese that has not yet arrived?
A: We take utmost care to ensure your cheese arrives in perfect condition, however we recognise that Australia Post has encountered delivery issues this year. If your cheese doesn't arrive in a great shape, please contact our customer service team via firstname.lastname@example.org so we can assist or replace it for you.
Q: There is mould or discolouring on the exterior of my cheese, is it safe to eat?
A: Many cheeses have washed rinds that will change in colour as they ripen, as will the texture and colour of your cheese. This is normal for artisanal, handmade cheese and really sets it apart from bland supermarket cheese that all looks and taste the same. True cheese aficionados like to let cheese ripen and take as long as possible to eat it so that it fully develops all of the characters that a cheesemaker is aiming for. Cheese is like vintage wine; it gets better with age! The tasting notes we provide try to explain the ageing of your cheese and how to best enjoy it. If you are in doubt, please contact our customer service team.
Q: Can I add other items to my order, like wine or crackers?
A: Yes! We have curated a Grazing Box with handmade, artisnal goodies from small, Australian producers. You can bundle this with your cheese pack.
We also work with a local winery and can organise a bottle of wine on bulk orders. Please email our team at email@example.com if this is something you are interested in.
Q: Do you do customised or private cheese tastings?
A: Yes, we do! We can provide small group, corporate and special tasting events – please contact our customer service team via firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and we will chat with you about your event needs.
Q: If I subscribe, what do I get each month?
A: Each Cheese Club Pack will include 4 cheeses, including hard, soft, stinky (washed rind) and blue cheeses. Our aim is to share a love for trying new cheese, so we seek out great cheese in advance to include in our Therapy Boxes and Globetrotter packs that may not be easy for you to find yourself.
Q: Can I choose how often my subscription cheese arrives, pause my subscription or skip a month?
A: Yes! You can select how often your cheese will arrive to your door when you sign up, you can skip a delivery at any time if you give us a little notice. You can also pause it for any reason and length of time you need. Subscriptions require you to sign up for at least 3 deliveries to fulfil the upfront discount we provide, but you can decide when to get your cheese.
Q: How much is it to subscribe?
A: The Cheese Club is $80 each month plus delivery if applicable. You will get 4 amazing cheeses delivered to your door. You can also choose to subscribe to either our all Australian Therapy Box or our Globetrotter pack that contains a mix of the world.
Q: How should I store cheese?
A: We recommend that you keep the cheese in the paper that we send it in. The cheese paper is a specialty paper to let the cheese breathe. Plastic wrap is less ideal, although some makers do use it. It’s ideal to keep it in the dairy compartment of your fridge as this will protect it from their air movement. If you keep your cheese in containers, ensure you keep them in separate containers as the flavours and aromas of one cheese can penetrate another milder cheese.
Q: What temperature is best for serving cheese?
A: The ideal way to serve cheese is at room temperature (approx. 22 degrees). The general rule of thumb is to leave your cheese out for 1 hour prior to serving. Obviously, the ambient temperature will dictate how long you leave it out but serving cheese at room temperature will allow the flavours and aromas to be at their peak. Nothing beats a soft cheese that starts to melt and ooze a little, sharing its aromas and flavours!
Q: How do I stop cheese from stinking my fridge out?
A: As beautiful as washed rind cheese can be, you don't really want it stinking the whole fridge out! Wrapping it in plastic or placing it into zip lock bags won't cut it, as plastic absorbs the smell. The best thing to do is place the cheese (still in its wrapping) into a glass container. This will contain the smell and stop if from infiltrating the rest of the fridge.
After waiting 3 weeks for my order to arrive and several attempts to contact Artisans Bend, I finally received a message that my cheese was on its way: only took 3days to arrive.
When I opened the box of cheese, one had leaked and two of them had a pink tinge to them which would suggested they were not good to eat.
The frozen blocks were not frozen either. I did not want to risk eating any of the cheeses, so in a nut shell, not overly happy this time :(
Oh my god so rich and beautiful.
What a treat!
Delivery and service great.
Tarago River Cheesemaker Pack
Wonderful quality cheese and this pack has something for everyone!! Tarago River is so much more than the triple cream brie! A special gift to share!!
My life is complete now that I’ve discovered Tarago triple cream. Incredibly nice cheese!