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Nickajack

Nestled in the Tennessee wilderness, the 300-acre Sequatchie Cove Farm is home to more than 50 Jersey and Jersey-Holstein cows who spend their days on lush pasture that is carefully managed to ensure the animals' health. The herd provides the milk for the creamery's array of raw milk cheeses, which take their cue from cheeses made in the Savoie region of France.

Nickajack is named for a local cavern that is not only home to a large colony of endangered gray bats, but also is the supposed site of Johnny Cash's attempted suicide-turned-spiritual enlightenment. The cheese is washed with cider as it ripens, and develops a toothsome, sliceable paste that is meaty and buttery.

Farm / Company: Sequatchie Cove Creamery

Cheesemaker: Nathan Arnold

Proprietor: Nathan and Padgett Arnold

Affineur: Andrea Horton

City, State: Sequatchie, TN

Region: South

Country: USA

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Traditional

Rind: Washed

Texture: Semi-soft

Aging: 2 months

Size(s): 1.25-pound wheel