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North Alabama cheese and whiskey make ‘best of’ gift list

HUNTSVILLE – SoulGrown, a digital publication that highlights the very best of Alabama, has released a gift guide featuring a taste of Alabama with goodies grown or made by farmers, fromagers, brewers, distillers, and specialty food producers across the Yellowhammer State.

Two North Alabama-made specialties are featured on the list: Belle Chevre and Irons One Distillery.

SoulGrown writes that Belle Chevre has enhanced its product line and has also been included on national foodie best-of lists.

Award-winning cheeses

Belle Chevre has made goat cheese in Limestone County since 1986. Its current owner added the fabled line of CHEVOO marinated goat cheeses, moving its production from California to Elkmont in 2022.

“CHEVOO’s Cheese Board Lovers Gift Box is a reader’s choice for USA Today’s ‘Best Foodie Gift 2023.’ The box ($39.90) includes jars of goat cheese cubes in olive oil infused with herbes de Provence, dill pollen and garlic, Urfa chili and lemon, or Italian black truffle. It comes with serving tongs and a cheeseboard-shaped holiday ornament.

Belle Chevre’s artisanal fig goat cheese spread is another award-winner, capturing gold in its category at the 2023 SOFI Awards by the Specialty Food Association. It also won silver at the 2022-2023 Word Cheese Awards. It, along with Belle Chevre’s original Montrachet-style log, grape leaf-wrapped Greek Kiss, and other tubs of spreadable cheese are available online and in select groceries and specialty shops.”

SoulGrown also highlighted Huntsville’s Irons One Distillery, housed in the Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment complex.  

“For another gift option, Irons One Distillery in Huntsville offers private tasting events with its founder and distiller, Jeff Irons. The cost is $110 and events can be booked here or by telephone, 256-701-4408.”

Soul Grown wisely recommends the tasting event as we locals know getting your hands on a bottle Irons One is challenging to say the least. Because Irons One does not ship and frequently sells out, connoisseurs stalk the company’s Facebook page for notifications when a batch is ready. But get there quick, both Irons One products – the Bourbon and Bourbon Mash Whiskey – have been known to sell out within minutes.   

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