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.
Manchester is a very smooth, rich cow's milk cheese made with whole milk to which cream has been added.
The rind is a delicate blend of geotricum and candidum molds that produce a fragile, aromatic and slightly yeasty aroma that is pale yellow in color.
The interior of the cheese is moist and soft, becoming runny and unctuous with age. Flavors are of citrus and lemon, rounded out with a rich, buttery finish.