Cheese Taste Testing: Does 1 Year Matter?

Back in March when we went up to Door County, Wisconsin for a weekend sans children, we picked up some cheese to bring home and sample like any reasonable cheese lover would do.  While we didn’t stop at the cheese making location, we snatched up this beauty: a 5 Year Aged Sharp Cheddar made by Renard’s Cheese and a White Cheddar Cherry Cheese from Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market.  This is an amazing market store with cherry flavored anything you can dream up (wine, salsa, olive oil, cheese, cider, jam, spread mix, soups, desserts). While I’m not a fruit-wine fan, we steered clear of the wine tasting area and honed in on the refrigerated section.

Renard's 5 year cheddar

Renard’s Cheese: 5 year cheddar

White Cherry Cheddar

Maple Leaf Cheese: White Cherry Cheddar

Now I realize it is now May June and cheese purchased in March just does not last long in our house (more on that later though). We tasted the 5 year cheddar and took notes in our handy cheese tasting guide (nerdy – yes, but effective record keeping).

It was creamy, tangy, and smooth, and not as crumbly as a 6 year Cheddar. We thought it would pair well with a bottle of MacMurray Pinot Noir. Oh, and most importantly my son liked it too.

Maybe 5 year Cheddars deserve some more love. I think I will have to just taste more to find out for sure.

Happy cheese eating!

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