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hometown

switzerland

Age

12-18 months

strength

3.5

hardness

2.5

milk type

Cow's

vegetarian

no

pasteurised

no

L'Etivaz represents a true slice of cheese history. Made as Gruyere would have been 100 years ago, it is a truly traditional version that sticks unwaveringly to multi-generational production methods. L'Etivaz emerged as many cheesemakers and affineurs felt Gruyere had lost its true identity and modernised too greatly. Every wheel is crafted in a copper pot over a wood fire, and the wheels are slightly smaller than Gruyere as that is what the cheesemaker would have traditionally been able to carry to the maturer (affineur). The cheese is made only in the summer months (May 10th - Oct 10th), when the cows are grazing at altitude, at least 1000m above sea level (and under 2,000m). The result is a divinely floral, slightly fermented sweet fruity twang, and a subtle smokiness that has more layers than a Millefeuille. A truly historic, and great cheese.

tcg top tip: Pairs perfectly with a Gewurtztraminer

perfect partners

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