3 Year Aged Cheddar
Can you remember what you were doing three years ago? We were making cheese – this cheese. Grafton’s 3 Year Cheddar is a testament to patience and faith: the patience to let it mature for a full 3 years, and the faith that the desired flavors will emerge in that time.
Our 3 Year Cheddar is simultaneously bold & smooth, with bright, sharp flavors that are rounded in a nuanced way that only comes with time. This is a firm, creamy cheddar with aromas of cultured butter and fresh yogurt, and a dense texture that may crumble. Flavors are big and bold: toasted walnuts, citrus fruit, richly umami with a long finish.
You’ve waited 3 years for it; this is a cheese to relish. Serve with fruit-forward red wines or dark, nutty ales. We love to pair 3 Year Cheddar with pumpernickel bread, mustard and pickled onions, but also try with dates or peach jam. While it can be melted, the texture will be more balanced if blended with younger cheeses
Bold, full-bodied reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Barolo. IPA, Oatmeal Stout.
aroma: very sharp
texture: compact, medium crumble, melts on palate
color: pale straw
flavors: strong, fruity, high acid, lactic, toasted hazelnuts, with palate-coating mouthfeel
We like our 3-Year Cheddar as a table cheese with dark, brown bread.
Cheddar this aged doesn’t melt the way its younger counterparts do, but it will soften considerably when heated, so we recommend shredding it mixed with a younger cheddar for cooking or baking. Try a slice with warm apple pie for a traditional Vermont treat.
Unpasteurized cow milk, salt, cultures, enzymes.