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Murray's vs Beekman 1802

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MURRAY'S

Originally opened in 1940, Murray's Cheese is a beloved tradition in Greenwich Village, with their own cheese-aging caves on Long Island. You may have even seen some of their varieties in a local Kroger's grocery store or featured in one of the 600+ restaurants and hotels that use the gourmet cheeses in their dining choices.

We love the amount of detail provided about the three cheeses that come with each delivery. For example, one month's varieties included "Truffle Tremor" goat cheese from California, "Marieke Gouda" from Wisconsin, and "Prairie Breeze" cheddar from Iowa. Each one is described in mouth-watering detail and comes with a drink pairing suggestion for even more enjoyment.

Membership Overview:

  • Cheese Selection: Three half-pound varieties per shipment
  • Duration: 4, 6, or 12 months
  • Frequency: Monthly only, delivered on the second Thursday of the month
  • Shipping: Included

Murray's is the only retailer in our review of Cheese Clubs that cuts each cheese selection to order. Because cheese flavors can change from month to month, Murray's cheesemongers sample the cheeses in their storage caves and select the three most flavorful varieties for that month's delivery. Each wedge is wrapped in special paper that allows the cheese to keep maturing even during the delivery process and stops it from drying out. All orders are shipped in lined thermal boxes with gel packs, keeping the cheese cool to cold while en route. And, if you're giving the Cheese Club subscription as a gift, you can have the deliveries shipped in a Murray's gift crate for an extra $15.

You will want to keep an eye on the calendar: every delivery comes on the second Thursday of the month. If, for some reason, that date isn't going to work - you'll be out of town, or your gift recipient will be on vacation - you'll need to get in touch with Murray's customer service department at least 24 hours in advance to delay the shipment.

Looking for a little extra savings? Watch out for pop-up offers: when we visited the Murray's site, we were given a 10% discount for signing up for their email newsletter. However, be aware that the discount will only apply to a regular order, not for the Cheese Club membership.

Customers have plenty of good things to say about Murray's cheese. From celebrity fans like Oprah, who put the Cheese Club on her Must-Haves list, to the everyday clients who left glowing reviews on the Murray's website, people love the unique varieties and tantalizing flavors in each shipment.

Murray's knows cheese. And if you're looking to get to know cheese better than ever, you won't be disappointed by their Cheese Club membership.

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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 (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 Murray's 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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