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.
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.
Since 1885, Ammerland has maintained its reputation as one of Germanys largest independent dairies while creating the high quality products that the Ammerlander region is renowned for. Their delicious Swiss cheese, with the classic, distinctive nutty flavor and smooth texture comes alive in these conveniently shaped loaves. Made with creamy cows milk and aged in an extremely controlled environment, Ammerland Swiss cheese retains the consistently delectable taste of Swiss cheese.
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.
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.
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.