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Vermont Leyden

Producer
Grafton Village Cheese
Country
United States
Region
Vermont
Weight
10 kg
Website
http://www.graftonvillagecheese.com/
Milk
Cow
Treatment
Raw
Classification
Firm
Rennet
Microbial
Rind
Flavor Added
Style
Gouda-like
Flavor
Flavor added to paste

The Grafton Village Cheese Company was founded in 1892 as the Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company, which converted surplus milk from local dairy farmers into cheese. Years later, a fire destroyed the original factory. When the nonprofit Windham Foundation restored the company in the mid 1960s, a new era for the town was born. Today, Grafton Cheese handcrafts artisanal, aged cheddar and specialty cheeses that are recognized for quality and taste on a worldwide scale. Proceeds from the sale of these cheeses support the Windham Foundation’s charitable efforts.

Grafton’s Vermont Leyden is inspired by traditional Dutch Leidse Kaas, a cumin-spiced cheese produced in the Leiden region of the Netherlands. The Vermont version is made with raw cow’s milk and aged for at least two months. 

Tasting Notes

Flecked with cumin seeds, Vermont Leyden has a big, buttery texture and a savory, meaty quality. The cumin balances well with the creamy flavors of the cheese, contributing a bold kick without being spicy. 

Pairings

Pair it with a margarita, a Shiraz or a dark beer.

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