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GOURMET CHEESE CLUB

The Gourmet Cheese of the Month Club strives to select the finest cheeses from around the world, and offer them as a superior gift at a competitive price. They have a history of consistently pleasing their customers for over 20 years.

With the Gourmet Cheese of the Month Club, members will receive 3 delicious half-pound cheese selections in each delivery. The cheeses are derived from only natural and quality ingredients. Many of the cheeses from the club are created by boutique production manufacturers in Europe. Recipients can be assured that each delivery will include a variety of international cheese flavors. With each shipment, members also receive an informative newsletter explaining the origin and history of the cheeses.

The website is easy to navigate and straightforward, leaving no confusion to the shopper. We appreciated the summary of our cheese club mempership selections, which clearly lay out when we could anticipate a delivery. Payment terms are also flexible, with the option to pay in one installment, or each time a delivery is made.

The Gourmet Cheese of the Month Club membership includes:

  • Cheese Origin: Global
  • Duration: 2-12 months
  • Frequency: Monthly, Bi-monthly or Quarterly
  • Shipping: Not included

Conveniently, you can reorder your favorite cheeses at further discounted rates. All of the shipments are packed to ensure freshness upon receipt.

The Gourmet Cheese of the Month Club provides an affordable, flexible cheese club for anyone that enjoys the delicious tastes of fine cheese. The membership is a strong choice that will deliver quality cheese consistently and on time each month. As a result, they earn our highest rating.

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BEEKMAN 1802

Beekman 1802 was created in 2008 on a 200-year-old farm in upstate New York. Founders Josh and Brent work in collaboration with local artisans, craftspeople, and farmers, helping them grow their businesses and producing goods seasonally.

If you love artisanal-quality goat cheese, Beekman 1802 is the Cheese Club for you. Every cheese comes from Farmer John's goats, and varieties include Kaastavond ("Christmas Eve Cheese"), Chevre, Blak, and Ghoast.

Membership Overview:

  • Cheese Selection: Goat cheese in assorted varieties
  • Duration: Quarterly
  • Frequency: January, April, July, October
  • Shipping: Included in the cost

When we visited the site, we were given a pop-up offer of a 15% discount on our first order if we subscribed to their email newsletter. Unfortunately, the fine print said that the discount wasn't applicable to Cheese Club subscriptions.

That discount would have been very helpful: Beekman 1802 is one of the most expensive Cheese Clubs on the market. Their website left us a little confused by their pricing options: a 3-month ongoing membership (i.e. recurring billing until you cancel it) for $48 per shipment, or a 12-month non-renewing subscription for $190. But, that 12-month subscription is still only shipped quarterly, so we were left a little confused. Both plans work out to be roughly $48 per shipment of cheese, with no additional shipping costs. Apparently, the only difference is whether you want to have an ongoing membership that renews until you cancel or whether you want to give a total of four shipments to yourself or someone else.

What if you don't wind up liking your goat cheese from Beekman 1802? Their return policy states that food items are not returnable, which is reasonable. They also state that they want their "Neighbors" - how they refer to their customers - to be "entirely thrilled" with anything they receive from Beekman 1802, and that they will do their best to take care of any issues that arise. That's a little vague, but their overall reputation is sound enough that it can be taken at face value.

We love the attention to quality and local production offered by Beekman 1802 and think that, for those who love goat cheese, their Cheese Club will be a winner. On the other hand, most people looking for a membership for themselves or as a gift are likely looking for more variety, wider shipping options, and lower prices.

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Cheese Clubs

To help you find the Best Cheese Clubs, TopConsumerReviews.com provides you with an in-depth comparison of Gourmet Cheese Club and Beekman 1802.

Finding a new, useful gift each year is always a challenge. A great new idea to consider is a cheese club membership. During times of financial challenge, receiving a functional gift like food is often very welcomed.

Cheese Club memberships provides delicious, high quality cheese sent monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly dependent on the flexibility of the club and the customers preference. Cheese selections are predetermined by the company and come well package for freshness.

For those cheese lovers, especially those hard to buy for, you can't go wrong with giving a cheese membership for any period of time.

However, not all cheese clubs are alike and it's important to understand the policies before you sign up. Important aspects of a cheese club membership to be aware of are:

  • Flexibility. Will you be able to select the length of membership and frequency that fits your needs and budget?
  • Cost. What can you expect to pay for the cheese club that best meets your needs? Can you make monthly payments or is a flat fee required?
  • Satisfaction Policy. If you aren't happy with the timeliness, quality or taste are you able to stop the membership and receive any portion of the cost back?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Cheese Clubs available today. We hope these reviews help you find the best cheese club that meets your needs!



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