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Bismark

Producer
Grafton Village Cheese
Country
United States
Region
Vermont
Weight
11 lbs
Website
http://www.graftonvillagecheese.com/
Milk
Sheep
Treatment
Raw
Classification
Firm
Rennet
Microbial
Rind
None
Style
Alpine-style

Located in Vermont, the Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company was originally founded in 1892 with the purpose of converting surplus milk from local dairy farmers into cheese. Years later, a fire destroyed the original factory.

The factory and the company were restored in the mid-1960s by The Windham Foundation, a philanthropic organization that supports the rural community surrounding Grafton via educational and practical means. Today Grafton Cheese handcrafts artisanal, aged cheddar and specialty cheeses. Proceeds from the sale of these cheeses support the Windham Foundation’s charitable efforts.

Bismark, named after a legendary Vermont ram from the late 19th century, is a raw sheep’s milk cheese aged for at least three months.

Tasting Notes

Starting out tender, tangy and sweet, Bismark becomes increasingly complex with age. Texture is light and crumbly, while flavor includes hints of a vinegary tang, notes of butter and a creamy, hazelnut finish.

Pairings

Pair it with a bright, fruity red wine.

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