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4,438 of 4,795 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chateau du Lait Blanc, watch out!, August 9, 2006
This review is from: Tuscan Whole Milk, 1 Gallon, 128 fl oz (Grocery)
One should not be intimidated by Tuscan Whole Milk. Nor should one prejudge, despite the fact that Tuscan is non-vintage and comes in such large containers. Do not be fooled: this is not a jug milk. I always find it important to taste milk using high-quality stemware -- this is milk deserving of something better than a Flintstones plastic tumbler. One should pour just a small dollop and swirl it in the glass -- note the coating and look for clots or discoloration. And the color -- it should be opaque, and very, very white. Now, immerse your nose in the glass and take a whiff. Tuscan transports you instantly to scenic hill towns in central Italy (is that Montepulciano I detect?) --- there is the loamy clay, the green grass of summer days, the towering cypress. And those gentle hints of Italian flowers -- wild orchids, sunflowers, poppies. Then, one takes in the thick liquid and lets it roll across and under the tongue -- what is that? perhaps a hint of a nutty Edam cheese? With Tuscan, you feel the love of every dairyperson involved -- from the somewhat sad and deranged farmhand shovelling steaming cowpies to the bored union milk maiden dreaming of leaving this soul crushing life behind for a job waiting tables for obnoxious American tourists in Siena. But not too fast -- sip gently, slowly, or one is in danger of not only missing the subtleties of the milk's texture and its terroir, but -- if chilled too long -- also of giving oneself a blinding ice cream headache. Nay, savor the goodness that only dairymen and dairywomen working at the apex of their craft can deliver. Tuscan is best drunk young -- no, no, don't cellar this gem -- I guarantee you'll be sorry if you do. I recommend pairing with freshly baked macadamia nut scones. Milk Expectorator gives this one a 92.
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Initial post: May 7, 2009 1:44:18 PM PDT
linda sw says:
brilliant...and an appropriate slap upside the head to my neighbors here in the 'whine' country of sonoma county...

Posted on May 12, 2009 1:46:11 PM PDT
Tuscan Whole Milk is one of those things in life you know you are never going to experience because its out of your price range. It's like Cristal, White truffles, and sex tourism.

Posted on May 28, 2009 2:50:18 PM PDT
From one wine aficionado (aficionada?) to another, I salute you. I'm forwarding this one to my sommelier friends.

Posted on May 30, 2009 1:59:26 PM PDT
Oliver Towne says:
Typical liberal elitist! Plain old, honest American milk isn't good enough for you. Noooo, you have to have some kind of fancy-pants, imported European stuff! Well, I'm sick and tired of this socialistic, foreigner loving elitism. Why don't you and the rest of the America haters move back to France, if it's so great? (Which it's not, because we have the happiest cows in California. Or didn't you know that, Mr. Fancymilk?)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2009 10:02:05 PM PDT
DeeTee says:
Dear Mr. Towne,
Just because his name is Philip does not make him some sort of fancypants elitist. It's not his fault he didn't go to a state school and hone his skills at some of America's more patriotic pastimes--to wit, frat-party beer-chugging and dressing up his dog in a bandanna to play frisbee down on the quad. No, if it is anybody's fault, it is society's.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2009 1:22:19 PM PDT
Oliver Towne says:
Next you'll be telling me it's society's fault that people listen to smooth jazz, watch soccer, eat brie on stoned wheat crackers, and own tanning beds. What's next, speedos at the beach?? By God, this country's going to the dogs! Every time I see a grown man with a bicycle helmet on, I just want to hurl. (Actually, I usually need to hurl, anyway.)

Posted on Jun 4, 2009 5:38:50 PM PDT
overlook1977 says:
Well done! That was awesome!

Posted on Jul 16, 2009 3:20:02 PM PDT
April Russo says:
Central Italy? Don't you mean northern New Jersey? You are right about the union milk maiden though, doubly so, since Tuscan is a union shop located in Union, NJ.

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 8:16:44 AM PDT
Ooooo, what a missed opportunity! When describing French red burgundies, wine aficionados often say they have a "barnyard" aroma. No better place to use that expression that in a review of this milk. A votre sante!

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 1:57:25 PM PDT
Philip - I think you might be my new hero <3
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