Sometimes called Double Gloucester with Chives, our Clawson Cotswold is a delicious blend of Double Gloucester cheese with chopped chives and onions. This cheese is called after the picturesque Cotswold shire of Britain. It is wonderfully cheddary and smooth, powerfully flavored. Cotswold is also well known in Britain as Pub Cheese.
This is an aged cheese from the Abbey of Chimay made in a domed shape. It is a semi-firm textured cheese with mild, medium-aged gouda-style flavor. The coloring of the interior is a nice rosy-orange that provides good color and shape to a display and cheeseboard.
Limburger is creamery, washed-rind cheese. The smooth, sticky, washed rind is reddish-brown with corrugated ridges. The yellow interior hints at sweetness but the taste is spicy and aromatic, almost meaty. Milk is pasteurized at a temperature of 161 degrees F, then cooled to 86 degrees F. The milk is then inoculated with cultures, then rennet is added for curdling. Curd is cut up, then heated to 95 degrees F. The cheese is formed in rectangular moulds, then it is salted and left to ripen in high-humidity conditions for two weeks. The temperature is lowered to 50 degrees F and the cheese matures for several months. Limburger has a legendary aroma which is due to enzymes, breaking down proteins on the surface of the cheese. The cheese ripens in 6 to 12 weeks and has a fat content that fluctuates between 20 and 50 per cent.
An ancient cheese from those industrious monks, whose name, Munster, is a derivative of monastery. Technically, the AOC designated name for this cheese may be Munster of Munster-Gerome from Alsace and Lorraine respectively. Munster undeniably takes its own place in the cheese world. It is strong and pungent in both aroma and on the palate, though its concentrated rich, spicy, and earthy flavor tends to make fans out of the skeptical.