Located in the small town of Mt. Sterling, Wisconsin, in an area that is increasingly becoming known for its large numbers of dairy goats, Mt. Sterling Cheese Cooperative is one of the largest goat milk co-ops in the United States.
Incorporated in 1976, milk for production comes from its Member dairy goat farms across Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. Their goat's milk products, which primarily consist of cheese and butter, are marketed under the the name of Mt. Sterling Cheese Coop, which was acquired in 1983.
Sterling Reserve is the first in a new range of artisanal style cheeses produced by Mr Sterling Coop under the management of cheesemaker Al O'Brien.
Produced from raw goats milk, cheeses are matured for 30 days at Mt Sterling before being transferred to northern Wisconsin to the caves at Lovetree Farmstead cheese for further 60 days maturation.
The texture of the Sterling Reserve is firm, verging on hard and grate-able. Flavors are complex, savory and meaty with hints of hay and a distinct tang.