I’ll be honest: I was highly skeptical when I first received this sample of Rogue Creamery’s Blue Heaven Blue Cheese Powder. I mean, Rogue is the American master of blues, with their ACS Best In Show winning, blue superstar Rogue River Blue, and a whole second string of topshelf blues including Caveman Blue, Flora Nelle, Oregon Blue and more (you can see all the Cheese Notes posts about Rogue Creamery here), so what on earth were they doing getting into the powdered cheese business??
After tasting it, though, I must begrudgingly admit that it may have a place in your pantry. Granted, this is not a wedge of parsleyed Rogue River, and you should not expect a transcendent blue cheese experience. But sprinkled over popcorn or Mac and Cheese? Scattered over a salad with some fried pancetta and walnuts? Blended into a dip? I’ll admit it: pretty, pretty great. Despite being a bluish-gray powder, the Blue Heaven manages to capture the smoky, sweet, fruity and vegetal notes of a good blue.
Here’s how Rogue Creamery describes the Blue Heaven:
Reflective of over a half-century of blue cheese making, Blue Heaven is a proprietary blend of Oregon Blue, Oregonzola, Crater Lake Blue and our special reserve blue cheeses. Wheels are selected over the years and sent to a partner who creates a pure powder representing the familiar yet distinctive nuances in Rogue Creamery blues. Blue Heaven® represents the pure essence of all Rogue Creamery blue recipes combined.
It would seem that the Blue Heaven is actually crafted from dehydrated wheels of some of their top cheeses (I’m assuming that when Rogue grades their wheels, it’s the wheels that get lower scores that get sent to the powder factory). Dehydrated product or not, the basic materials going into this product are of a much higher caliber than your average powdered cheese, which explains why the quality is better than expected.
So yes, let the record reflect: On this day Cheese Notes recommended a (minimally) processed cheese product. You can get it on the Rogue Creamery site, or you may be able to find it at your local monger.