Miyoko’s Creamery Non-Dairy Artisan Cultured Nut Cheese

Product by:
Miyoko's Kitchen
Black Ash, Aged Smoked Farmhouse, Winter Truffle, Grape Leaf
$11.99 per 6.5-ounce wheel

Reviewed by:
On May 20, 2015
Last modified:May 28, 2015


Though Miyoko doesn't have cheese-making in her Asian roots, she is an expert in culturing and displays her mastery of the art in a culinary array of vegan nut cheeses. The wide selection of double cream, soft, and semi-hard wheels means that everyone will probably have a different favorite - and really, all that we tried were delicious. But for us, it was hard to forget the Smoked Farmhouse, which caused a brief reminisce over smoked gouda cheese.

As shared in my announcement about VegNews magazine’s relaunch party, I had the chance to sample several varieties of nut cheese, or Cultured Nut Product as they call it, from Miyoko’s Creamery all in one place. It is icompletely dairy-free, vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, and made with a simple based of organic cashews and organic chickpea miso, with additional pure ingredients to differentiate the flavors.

Miyoko's Creamery Non-Dairy Artisan Cultured Nut Cheeses - vegan, gluten-free and soy-free

The offerings from Miyoko’s Creamery range from very soft double cream (which has organic coconut oil added) to semi-hard in consistency. Both Hannah and I seemed to prefer the middle of the slice-ability pack, with one exception, the Aged English Smoked Farmhouse, which was on the firmer side of Miyoko’s Creamery nut cheeses. It was our hands down favorite with its unique smoked gouda appeal. Next up in out favorites line was the Brandy-Cured Grape Leaf, which is unfortunately a Limited Edition flavor (that is actually the Fig Leaf variety shown below, which looks similar). But, we also adored the earthy yet elegant French Style Winter Truffle, which is a fixture on the Miyoko’s Creamery menu.

Miyoko's Creamery Non-Dairy Artisan Cultured Nut Cheeses - several varieties; all vegan, gluten-free and soy-free

I did forget to take more specific notes as my appetite quickly took over when presented with two tables full of Miyoko’s Creamery (I mean, how often do you get to go to a party and enjoy huge dairy-free cheese platters?). But since Miyoko sent everyone home with a wheel of the Mt. Vesuvius Black Ash, I was able to do a proper tasting of that single flavor later in the week.

Miyoko's Creamery Non-Dairy Artisan Cultured Nut Cheese (Mt Vesuvius Black Ash pictured) - all vegan, gluten-free and soy-free

The wheels are much bigger than they appear in my picture, packing in a 1/3 pound of dense, flavorful richness. The Black Ash, like the other Miyoko’s Creamery flavors, was quite rich, but it fell in that “middle ground” of consistency – both sliceable and thickly spreadable – soft, but not quite creamy. I could really taste the depth of the miso in this one, which seemed to serve as the primary flavoring agent. The black ash added a little unique sandy interest, but I didn’t detect its influence otherwise.

Miyoko’s Creamery  is based in San Francisco, where you are more likely to find these tasty nut cheeses around town. But even if you can’t find their wheels in your local area, Miyoko crafts and ships her popular products to all 50 states in the U.S. with reasonable delivery rates. For further motivation, Miyoko’s Creamery has pledged to donate 1% of all online sales to a different vegan or animal-welfare non-profit organization each month.

Miyoko's Creamery Non-Dairy Artisan Cultured Nut Cheeses - all vegan, gluten-free and soy-free

Certifications: Miyoko’s Creamery Cultured Nut “Cheeses” are labeled as vegan and are made with mostly organic ingredients, but we didn’t note any certifications on the box.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Miyoko’s Creamery Cultured Nut “Cheeses” are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Miyoko’s Kitchen website at miyokoskitchen.com.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  2. Nicole Khairullah on

    Thanks for the information!!! I just placed my order. I’m so excited to taste my selections!

  3. Hi! I’m the Quality Manager at Miyoko’s.

    Our products are certified organic…and the seal is there on the box…except for the one you took home! The Mt. Vesuvius Black Ash isn’t certified because the ash wasn’t a certified ingredient.

    Also, not all our are soy-free. The French Style Winter Truffle contains organic soy milk (soy beans and water), and so its box does not include the soy-free language. Our new butter is also not soy-free (it contains non-GMO soy lecithin).


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