Located in the vibrant college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Zingerman's Creamery is part of the famed Zingerman's collection of businesses. The original business, Zingerman's Delicatessen, founded in March of 1982 by Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig, still resides in an historic building near the Ann Arbor Farmers' Market, and over the years has gained a national reputation for its great food and great business model.
Despite pressure to expand via franchise, Zingerman's has resisted opening up more branches. Instead they have chosen to create other stand-alone food production enterprises, in the process creating Zingerman's Creamery.
Zingerman's Creamery is headed by John Loomis, and the cheeses John makes are either from cow's or goat's milk, sourced from local dairies. The range largely consists of mold ripened and fresh cheeses, each with their own variation.
Little Dragon is a young goat cheese that is coated in fresh tarragon leaves, and made from pasteurized milk. Rounds are very lightly pressed in order to produce a moist, creamy and light texture that is pure white in color - apart from the tarragon leaves on the outside.
Flavors are bright, clean and citrus-like. The addition of tarragon provides an herbaceous aroma and rounds out the tangy notes, providing length and balance.