2 Year Aged Cheddar
Grafton’s flagship cheddar, made with raw cow’s milk and aged for two full years to achieve a mature flavor and dense, firm-yet-creamy texture. Young cheddar is tasted early on to determine the best trajectory for aging; for 2 Year Cheddar we look for balanced acidity and moisture that will hold up over time.
This cheese bears the classical profile for New England cheddar: buttery notes with a bold, sharp tang and a long, nutty finish. The aroma is lactic and bright, with flavors of sweet cream, freshly mown hay, and tangy, cultured milk. Moderate acidity carries throughout.
Two Year Cheddar has enough zip to stand up to some stronger pairings; try with garlicky pickles, salami, or your favorite chutney. For a classic pairing, serve with sliced fresh apples, or grate over a bowl of chili or warm apple pie in the New England style. Melts with an even body and full flavor.
Balanced, full-bodied wines such as Merlot, White Burgundy. Brown Ale, Sour Beer, Basque-style cider.
aroma: sharp and sweet
texture: compact, melts on palate
flavors: tangy, dry hay, very lactic, brown butter, sour cream, nutty clean/lingering lactic finish, sharp, medium acidity
We like our 2 Year Cheddar as a table cheese, either on its own or as part of a cheese board, especially with apples. It also makes a fine melter on a grilled cheese sandwich or for cooking or baking; because it’s full-flavored and melts well, it won’t disappear when heated.
Unpasteurized cow milk, salt, cultures, enzymes.