Bayley Hazen Blue is a natural-rind blue cheese produced by The Cellars at Jasper Hill in Greensboro, VT. The usual peppery spice character associated with blue cheese takes a backseat to sweet, nutty, and grassy flavors in the milk. The breakdown of fats and proteins during ripening often show a distinct licorice flavor in the creamy and crumbly paste. The name, however, comes from a Vermont landmark – the Bayley Hazen Military Road, commissioned by George Washington as a Revolutionary War supply route. The Cellars at Jasper Hill, an innovative 22,000 square foot underground facility consisting of seven ageing caves received a U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) Business and Industry Guaranteed (BIG) Loan. This loan was used to construct state-of-the-art artesian cheese aging cave facility to support expanded on-farm value-added cheese production as well as contract aging for other local cheese makers so they may access the growing market for artisan cheese nationwide on Sep. 19, 2013. USDA Photo by Bob Nichols.