After one month of age it is time to taste Nikki’s nuclear spiced cheese.
For appearance I would consider this my ugliest cheese to date. The curds knitted together better than I expected them to considering how crumbly feeling it felt going into a vacuum bag. (had to bag it because of the crumble) The cheese has a great odor right out of the bag. Smells of a good jack cheese with only a hint of spice to the smell.
Very soft when cutting with some of it sticking to the knife as I cut into it. Not the best knit to the curds due to the soak in tapatio. I think a different sauce with no vinegar/acetic acid in it would have made for a better knit. I had a request for ghost pepper jack. might have to try that.
And now for the taste test. I need a drum roll before the taste. You can tell from the slice how crumbly the cheese still is. The first bite gives the cool taste of a good moist jack cheese. Then after 5 seconds you get hit with the OMG what did I just put in my mouth!!! I have never had any pepper jack that has such a long delay from the time you bite into. To when the heat hits your tongue. It has a great flavor but the heat is almost too much. I like it, but the wife took one bite and glared at me because I didn’t tell her it was that spicy. I like to surprise her some days. Half of the wheel went back into the cheese fridge to age for a couple more months. The other half will be used at the baby shower next week. Over all it was a successful yet ugly cheese