CHEESE

Aged Cheddar

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We don’t shy away from sharpness, so we adore this been-around-the-block cheese for its full-flavor cheekiness. You see the life experience in its beautiful crystalline cracks and you taste it in its always complex and sometimes tangy flavor. This lower-moisture, often flaky cheddar is sometimes but not always clothbound. Any way you slice it (or not), live free, aged cheddar -- you’ve certainly done your time!

Appearance

Typically ivory and often with a rind

Taste

Dense, solid and usually flakey

Flavor

Complex and rich and usually on the sharper end of the spectrum

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Performance Notes

We leave the melty, ooey-gooey dishes to young cheddars. Aged cheddar has earned the right to be left alone next to breads, pastas and robust soups.

Pairing Notes

There’s a lot of flavor and texture going on with aged cheddar, so you want a drink that stands up to that but doesn’t overpower it. We like off-dry, mature beverages that have just a touch of sweetness like saison ale, cider, bock and Belgian ales. For wine, we recommend riesling, chardonnay and champagne (whites) and syrah, pinot noir and chianti (reds). Bourbon and single malt scotch are always sure bets too.

Beer & Cider

Amber Ale

Belgian Ale

Cider

Fruit Beer

IPA

Pale Ale

Porter

Saison Ale

Scotch Ale

Stout

Liquor

Bourbon

Brandy

Old Fashioned

Rum

Scotch

Red Wine

Madeira

Malbec

Merlot

Port

Syrah

Zinfandel

White Wine

Pinot Gris

Riesling

Sauvignon Blanc

Serve

Aged cheddar likes to be eaten with a little sticky sweetness, so we often serve it with a homemade jam, chutney or honey. You can also get to that winning combo by way of tart with sweet pickles or pickled beets. It makes for a classic English Ploughman’s lunch (cheese, fruit and veggie board) and we also love it with big, peppery green salads, a warm grain salad (barley, farro, quinoa) or most hearty soups.