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Ur-Eiche "Swiss Lady Cheese" 0.5lb

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Price:
$15.00
Current Stock:
10


Product Description

Christa Egli is the Master Cheesemaker at the village dairy in Girenbad, Switzerland. Eight local dairy farmers provide her with exceptionally good milk, which turns into exceptionally good cheese, made by ladies!

 

Story: Christa and her team made of above average numbers of female cheesemakers, use fresh raw milk from the previous evening milking, which is stored overnight in a copper kettle. In the morning it is skimmed by hand to adjust the fat content. Christa uses her own kettle whey cultures, which are cultivated daily for the following day, as well as in house produced calf rennet. Once produced, the wheels are then washed by hand with oak wood extracts.

An exclusive specialty like this really needs a finishing touch. So that is why the cheese bears the oak leaves and the name “Ur-Eiche” (loosely meaning ‘old oak’) stamped in relief into the rind. Passion for the product is shown by the attention given to the smallest detail by Christa Egli and her team.

 

Affinage: Once produced, the wheels are regularly treated by hand with oak wood extract. When you taste the Ur-Eiche you experience a light barrique taste, which Christa likes to compare with a barrique wine. Since a cheese cannot be put into a wooden barrel, Christa puts the wood on top of the cheese.

After 8 to 10 months of affinage in the cheese cellar, the cheese is brought to Gourmino in Langnau. Before delivery to our customers, each cheese is checked again by our affineurs.

 

Flavor Profile: "Smells like pineapple, tastes like cheese". Sweet like toasted brioche with a macadamia nut like finish. Deep meaty and brothy flavors abounding, all enrobed in a delightfully creamy texture.

Suggested Pairing: Whiskeys, floral crisp whites, dark fruity chocolate, whole wheat breads, dried apricots. 

 

Christa Egli: "We pay a higher than average price for the milk – but only when it is exceptionally good. A fair milk price guarantees the farmers’ existence and also makes sure the dairy gets high-quality milk. Only when all participants in the production chain benefit, can we expect long term success.”

 

This exquisite cheese is sold by 0.5lb. Perfect to try!


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