Interesting read, thanks for sharing!
Thought I recognized a brand from a vegan cheese taste test I participated in years ago, but Numu didn't exist back then. It was No Muh and their blue cheese has to be one of the vilest things I have ever put in my mouth. (Edit: Sorry no, the blue cheese was from Bute Island Cheese. No Muh wasn't that bad and got better reviews from us.)
Isa Chandra's Moskowitz' melted crayons reference brings back that exact memory, although we described it as (latex) paint at the time. 😆
Thankfully, a lot has changed for the better.