Cheesy Place Cheese of the Month Club Review - February 2016 - Canadian Cheese Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review.
  
What is it? Cheesy Place Cheese of the Month Club 
How Much? $49.95/month recurring. Save with 3, 6, and 12 month subscriptions. Shipping extra, calculated based on location. Priced in Canadian dollars. 
What’s in it? 3 hand-selected, perfectly aged artisan cheese, totaling at least 500g of cheese

Cheesy Place is an online gourmet food and cheese shop based in Ontario. Cheesy Place ships the finest quality artisan cheese direct to your door, anywhere in Canada. Along with a gourmet shop and cheese sampler packs, Cheesy Place also offers a Cheese of the Month Club. With your subscription, you will receive three artisan cheese per month, totalling at least 500 grams, along with 1-3 extra items. The extras could be more cheese, crackers, condiments, or other gourmet foodie items. The cheeses will vary each month throughout the year, so it is a perfect way for people to try new and interesting cheeses you might not have discovered on your own. There are a few subscription options and they are all completely flexible. 
  • $54.95 for a one time purchase box. No obligation.
  • $49.95 per box for recurring subscription sent every month, every second month, or every third month. Your choice! Modify your shipping schedule or cancel your account anytime.
  • Big savings on 3, 6, and 12 month subscriptions. These terms are not pre-paid, rather fees are billed on 25th of each month. Term subscriptions do not auto-renew. Modify your shipping schedule anytime online.   

Shipping is extra and is charged based on location. Cheesy Place ships primarily through FedEx to ensure the box arrives as quickly as possible, but they also use Purolator and Canada Post for some areas. If you live in an apartment building, be sure to read their shipping policy before signing up.  The cheeses are vacuum sealed and packed in insulated packaging with freeze packs. The aim is to have the boxes arrive in 3 days or less so the cheeses stay fresh and don't spoil. I will warn that shipping is not cheap. For shipping to me in the Lower Mainland of BC, the calculator put it around $25 for FedEx delivery. Unfortunately the cost is necessary to ensure fast delivery so the products arrive cold and fresh. Food safety is the main concern.
First look

The product info sheet includes details of each cheese, along with tasting notes and pairing ideas. February's box features soft cheeses! The sheet also announces that from now on, every month there will be 1-3 extra items in the box. The extras may include more cheese, crackers, condiments, or other gourmet foodie items. This a great improvement to the service!

Danvita Sesame Seed & Sea Salt Crackers
Flat crisp bread with sesame seeds and sea salt. Made with whole grain rye and wheat flour. Great for snaking, with cheeses and dips.
Dolfin Milk Chocolate Square
Smooth, tender, with a slight caramel flavor but not too sweet, our milk chocolate is recognizable among thousands…
Dalmatia Fig Jam
Dalmatia figs are hand-picked and sun-dried to a beautiful golden colour. The spreads are made from all natural ingredients and are a delicious condiment for our cheeses. Try with brie, blue, goat cheese or some of the flavourful hard cheeses you enjoy.

Origin: France
Milk Type: Cow milk
Rind: Bloomy edible rind
Texture: Soft
 
Brie aux Truffes - The true meaning of decadence. Two layers of beautifully rich triple creme are home to a middle layer of truffle goodness. The truffle part is actually a mixture of creme fraiche and pieces of fresh truffle. The earthy, mushroomy flavours of truffle are a perfect accent to the delicate flavours of brie. Even though truffles are intense by nature, they don't seem to overpower the cheese here, but rather bring out more flavours in the milk.
Origin: Quebec
Milk Type: Pasteurized cow milk
Rind: Edible washed rind
Texture: Soft  

Origin: France
Milk Type: Pasteurized cow milk
Rind: Edible washed rind
Texture: Soft 

La Sauvagine - Sauvagine has a great balance of sweet and savoury flavours with a perfect amount of saltiness in the finish. The texture is like butter with its distinct pasty creaminess.
La Baguette - La Baguette has a creamy, mild to medium white interior with a slightly more tart washed rind. The washing of brine adds a textural balance along with more of a rustic flavour profile. It also adds a lot to the aroma of the cheese. This is a soft, spreadable cheese with an edible rind. A must-try for fans of Brie, Camembert, St. Albray, and Pont l'Eveque.
Origin: Quebec
Milk Type: Pasteurized cow milk
Rind: Washed edible rind
Texture: Semi-soft

This semi-soft steeped in cheese is made from pasteurized milk. It is steeped and aged in Aphrodisiaque beer from the Brasserie Dieu du Ciel in St-Jérôme, which gives it a unique chocolate-brown rind. It explodes with vanilla flavour to start, then goes through a strong espresso flavour to finish with a delicious dark chocolate taste.
The Laughing Cow Cheese (2 wedges)
Rich, creamy and ready to top anything is the mantra of this versatile cheese. Send ordinary snacking packing with every perfect bite!These were included as an extra but they probably could have done without. Two little wedges thrown in seems odd. Including the entire package would have made more sense, and would have kept them safe during transit. One wedge got quite smushed, so there was laughing cow all over the other items in the box. Thankfully the main cheeses are well packaged and no damage was done.

Brie aux Truffes, La Baguette, La Sauvagine, and La Recompense. 

We sampled the cheeses with the Dalmatia Fig Jam and a hot pepper jelly. We also tried each cheese on its own.  La Baguette was the most pungent, but tasted quite mild by comparison. We were most excited by La Recompense (cheese made with beer!), but it didn't play out as described. I picked up the ale flavour very slightly, but I didn't catch the vanilla, dark chocolate, or espresso notes. 

La Sauvagine was our favourite, and it's no wonder. La Sauvagine has won several Canadian and International awards! It's creamy very tasty!

The February Cheesy Place Cheese Club box included 4 cheeses, plus three bonus items. In total there is 586 grams of cheese. While it's impossible to put a proper value on this box, I'm confident this one at least meets the $49.95 subscription cost. The bonus items really make this box for me. The cheeses are great, but I really like how Cheesy Place includes extras that pair with the cheese to make the box a complete tasting experience.

Interested in trying Cheesy Place? You can save 25% off the first month of any 3, 6, or 12 month term. Enter code CDNBOX2016 at checkout. Valid for new subscribers only. Code expires March 31, 2016.

Click here to check out the Cheesy Place Cheese Club.



Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.


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  1. Some lovely cheeses and other goodies included in here.

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