The pros: Trader Joe's Creamy Toscano Cheese Soaked in Syrah is a tasty cheese. Would make for a great appetizer with crackers or as a snack if you enjoy the flavors of cheddar or parmesan.
The cons: Not quite as much wine taste as I would have liked. There wasn't as much "soaked in syrah" flavor as I was looking for.
The verdict: For $9.99 per pound, this was a tasty cheese. It was like parmesan but much creamier. It had certain things that I like about a good parmesan. It had those tasty cheese crystals without the hardened and slightly dry taste. The cheese out of the package was more like biting into a creamy sharp cheddar. The cheddar was smooth and tasty. It was a bit nutty. The "rind" is not really a rind, so do not go cutting it off. You might be fooled into believing the wine soaked area is inedible to which I can say is more than edible. As for the wine soaked aspect, don't fool yourself into believing this will be some boozy cheese. It's not. There is a slight tannin flavor where the Syrah has soaked through and colored the cheese. It's not very noticeable, but might make for some interesting conversation if you are serving this as an appetizer. I'd buy this again.
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Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Creamy Toscano Cheese Soaked in Syrah. It was tasty cheese even though I thought they could have upped the boozy flavor.
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