Gruyere, the most popular of the Swiss hard cheeses, needs no introduction. Made from part-skim cow`s milk and lovingly cave aged, once this classic cheese with its tangy taste and exquisite, crumbly texture has been tasted, it is never forgotten
The raw, robust milk that goes into Appenzeller comes from cows that graze in the lush meadows of the region. Cheesemakers wash each wheel with a secret herbal brine infused with wine, cider and a mixture of herbs, blossoms and other natural ingredients. All of which adds a complex flavor that connoisseurs desire. Appenzeller is noted for its nutty flavor combined with an herbal spiciness, suggesting ginger, black tea and clover.
Presenting: an alpine cheese to make hay for. Inspired by its home in Western Austria`s `Hay Belt,` Senneri Huban coats this wheel in a mix of local flora, including marigold, rose petals, lavender, and chervil. This brings a slight pastoral sweetness to a cheese that is big in beefy and umami flavors, but not so overpowering that you only want a slice or two. In fact, you might find it difficult to step away from this cheese. That is, if you can find it in yourself to cut into its stunning exterior.
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 .
Tete de Moine (literally Monk`s Head) is a cylindrical cheese with a smear rind and is semi-hard. This cheese is not cut but shaved with a girolle into rosette shaped slices. These are best produced when the cheeses come stright from refrigeration. Tete de Moine can be enjoyed with an apertif, as dessert cheese, or just a snack.