The concept for the range of Deer Creek cheeses was developed by Chris Gentine of Artisan Cheese Exchange in Wisconsin.
Artisan Cheese Exchange is a company that primarily focuses on the export of American cheeses overseas. In a move designed to differentiate their cheddars within the international marketplace, Chris used his training as a Wisconsin Master Cheese Grader to carefully select various batches of cheese deemed suitable for further aging, and used Wisconsin grading standards as a certification of the cheeses’ quality. Maturation and affinage of the cheeses is done in conjunction with Wisconsin Aging and Grading.
Deer Creek 5 Year Private Reserve is produced by Land O’ Lakes in the Niagra Cuesta region of Eastern Wisconsin. Like other vats of Deer Creek Cheddar, it starts off as Wisconsin Grade A, but as it ages, nuances in body, texture and flavor develop. Licensed cheese graders work to hand-select vats that retain Grade A status after 5 years. It is these select few vats that can be sold as Deer Creek 5 Year Private Reserve.