Emmental, but not as you know it...
Cheesemaker: Glauser Dairies
Region: Belp, Bernese Alps, Switzerland
Vegetarian: no (traditional rennet)
Forget everything you think you know about 'holey' cheese. This is something a wee bit special. Aged for a little under two years, it has a drier texture and far, far more depth of flavour than the dull, bland rubbery stuff you'll find on a supermarket shelf. Full of grassy, hay-like notes, it brings a little acidity to the palate, balanced with nutty sweetness that lingers. It's more subtle than some aged Alpine styles (which can lean more towards the 'smack-you-in-the-mouth' intensity), but is to be savoured slowly and with great relish.
If you're feeling extravagant, it makes a superb sandwich with some good rye bread, peppery pastrami and a dollop of our Pickles for Cheese...