This peppery, robust cheese is from Beecher's of Seattle. It's meaty.
From Beecher's website: "This favorite from Beecher's fleet of artisan cheeses celebrates the great thirteenth century adventurer Marco Polo – credited with bringing pepper and other discoveries to Europe. Beecher's Marco Polo takes lightly milled green and black Madagascar peppercorns and blends them with our creamy cheese. The result is cheese with bite and texture, sophisticated yet approachable. "
Being so marbled with the peppercorns, this was quite the challenge to paint, but as suspected, the payoff was well worth the heavy-lifting of details in the form of a delicious lunch.