Tea Rose is a gorgeous, complex, and wonderfully versatile goat’s milk cheese from a family creamery in Greenville, Indiana. With a smooth, fudgy texture on the interior and a crisp, fragrant bouquet of herbs, flower petals, and a touch of fennel pollen on the exterior, Tea Rose evokes the ambrosial allure of springtime for every sense. Fresh and bright, with equal sweetness and minerality, this cheese goes just as beautifully with a vivacious blanc de blancs as it does a mellow rooibos tisane.
Capriole Farm is owned and operated by Judy and Larry Schad, who inherited Larry’s family’s nineteenth-century farmstead in the late 1970’s. Over the course of the 80’s and 90’s, their operation grew steadily but surely, from modest morning-milking of a few goats before heading off to work, to enough canning, preserving, and cheesemaking to overflow the kitchens of friends and family, and eventually hundreds of animals and a commercial creamery on the farm. They were doing things according to a humble tradition that, perhaps unsurprisingly, yields exceptional results, but they were doing it for many years when the south and midwest did not present tremendous markets for it. But as national inclinations evolved in the early twenty-first century, Capriole finally reached a point where there was so much demand for their cheese that they could no longer manage both the farm and the creamery, and so they sold their herd to principled farmers throughout Indiana, who now provide the creamery with the milk for their cheeses.
Though the goats are no longer “theirs,” generations of husbandry have imbued Capriole with an intrinsic connection to the animals. Tea Rose is named after the chamoisee doe on its label, who came to the farm in 1985, becoming the “matriarch of the milking herd” and the origin of Capriole’s first delicious, lactic cheeses. Year after year, this stunning selection sustains Tea Roses’s pedigree, and reaffirms Capriole’s place among the most distinguished cheesemakers in the country.
Pasteurized Goat's Milk