80 LB WHEEL/20 LB QUARTER
This 10 month aged Gruyère is sweet but slightly salty, with a flavor that varies widely with age. It is often described as creamy and nutty when young, becoming with age more assertive, earthy, and complex. When fully aged (five months to a year) it tends to have small holes and cracks which impart a slightly grainy mouthfeel.
Matured to perfection, Cave Aged Emmental is a special taste experience! Unlike traditional Emmental (also known as Swiss cheese), this one has a dark brown rind and a unique, nutty, full-flavored taste. Made in massive 200 pound wheels from pure, unpasteurized cow`s milk, this special `Swiss` is aged for at least twelve months in sandstone caves deep below the Santenberg in the Canton of Lucerne. Using ancient techniques, a constant temperature and humidity can be achieved in the caves all year round, ensuring perfect development of every cheese .
Raclette’s balanced earthy flavor and sweetness are perfect to slather over potatoes, meat and winter root vegetables. The wheel or square can be cut in half, placed in a special Raclette holder to hold the melting cheese in place, and served in the traditional way.
Gruyere is still made in village dairies using knowledge that has been handed down through generations, and of course through training that cheesemakers now undergo. With a slightly sweet yet meaty flavor, Gruyere is smooth and creamy when young, and develops a more earthy and complex flavor as it ages. In this form the cheese is easier for foodservice to slice and also convenient for small shops to handle.