As the USA's oldest sheep dairy in operation, the cheesemakers at Vermont Shepherd certainly know what they're doing. Extra Aged Invierno is their raw mixed-milk cheese that benefits from an extended aging period in the caves - at least two years before hitting our counters. The cows' milk lends a little sweetness that plays nicely with the earthy richness of the creamery's own sheeps' milk. Expect notes of grass and roasted garlic, with a tiny bit of crunch.
A smooth and toothsome cheese, Sparkenhoe Red Leicester was essentially brought back from the dead. Cheesemakers David & Jo Clarke set out to revive a cheese that had only been known as an industrially produced supermarket cheese for 50 years. The Clarkes worked off an old recipe in order to create Leicester as remembered by the previous generation. A smooth cheese with a bit of brown butter sweetness and just a hint of citrusy tartness, Neal's Yard also makes sure to select the wheels with the nuttiest and longest-lasting flavor.
Our best (ok, only) Belgian offering. OG Kristal is a Gouda style that has the same crystalline texture and caramel flavor of the finest cheeses from across the border in Holland but with a flair all its own. Big brown butter notes persist throughout with a slight acicidty in the end.
Cornerstone is a true “American Cheese”. Parish Hill Creamery founder and cheesemaker Peter Dixon has devoted much of his life to shaping the landscape of Vermont Cheese. Peter teamed up with two other creameries across the country to craft a true American original. Following the same recipe but using their own milk, rennet, and native cultures, the Cornerstone project was born. This raw cow’s milk cheese is aged out for just under a year and is reminiscent of a semi-firm Swiss or Alpine-style. The rind is grassy on the nose and the paste is a melt-in-your-mouth cream bomb.
Parish Hill's distinctly Vermonter take on an Italian Fontina style. This gorgeous natural rind cheese is given a wash in beer brine as part of its aging process, resulting in a flavor that's savory while retaining that nutty Vermont Terroir.
There's never a dull moment when indulging in the seasonal delight known as Rush Creek Reserve from Uplands Cheese in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. Andy Hatch, the profoundly talented cheesemaker behind this masterpiece, was heavily inspired by the classic Alpine Vacherin Mont d’or and we think he's created an equally iconic cheese.
Up until 2008, Hatch was Upland's cheese maker until gaining ownership that very year where he started the production of his legacy cheese, the Rush Creek Reserve. Made and perfected over the course of a decade, this spruce-wrapped wheel of raw cow’s milk cheese is bound to pack a pleasurable punch of savory tones and flavors reminiscent of a wood burning fire—just the thing to warm you up this winter! Slice the top off and dive into this pool of pudding and enjoy to your heart’s content.
One of just four traditional Somerset cheddars in the Slow Food Ark of Taste, Westcombe Cheddar is balanced and complex. The farm practices thoughtful herd management geared toward producing the best cheese milk possible, while cheesemakers strive to recreate cheddars as they were over a 100 years ago. This slower make process produces a gentler texture in the paste, and a mild yet juicy acidity. Fruity and savory flavors up front, chased by a pleasing saltiness. A monger favorite!
High Lawn Farm's well-tended herd of Jersey cows produce some stunningly rich cheeses. Monger-favorite Crema Alpina takes inspiration from old-world Taleggio, but keeps it local. Washed in Down East cider, Crema Alpina is bouncy, bright, and funky with a buttery finish. Try it with a dollop of mandarin marmalade, or on top of your next homemade pizza for a perfectly melty bite.
Once the most well-known and widely-available British cheese, true Cheshire is now one of the rarest of birds. In fact, there remains only one surviving farmhouse Cheshire producer in the UK - the Appleby family on Hawkstone Farm. The farm is currently owned and operated by Sarah Appleby, who - together with cheesemaker Garry Gray - oversees cheese production, and her husband Paul, who takes care of the cattle and ensures their milk is of the highest quality. Their herd of cows graze on Shropshire's mineral-rich grasses, resulting in a flinty but still super rich paste.
Made by veteran cheesemaker Walter Rass high in the mountains of St Gallen, Switzerland. Challerhocker is an evolution of Walter's Appenzeller recipe. By altering a number of factors in his cheesemaking process, Walter has created a more savory, yet slightly caramelly cheese that calls to mind roasted meat and cooked peanuts. Made using his own culture blend and homemade rennet, Challerhocker represents the culmination of Walter's cheesemaking expertise.
Harbison, one of the only pasteurized cow’s milk cheeses produced by Jasper Hill Farm, has taken home top prizes at both the annual American Cheese Society conference and the World Cheese Awards, and you can always find it in the case at Dedalus. This spruce-banded, bloomy-rinded nugget boasts notes of mushrooms, butter, and a hint of funk. To best enjoy your Harbison, take it out of refrigeration at least a few hours before serving; our expert cheesemongers suggest even taking it out the night before. Slice the top rind off and dip in with a bag of Torres Iberian Ham potato chips.
Aged for one year, this mixed-milked sheep and cow cheese has flavors that land somewhere between a bright, mouthwatering pecorino and a rich robust asiago—with a creamy-but-toothsome texture that will convince even the pickiest of cheese eaters that there's more to life than just cheddar. Try it melted on a grilled cheese or straight off the block as a next-level midnight snack
A complex American original from the seaside sorcerers at Mystic Cheese in Groton, Connecticut. Tart and bright notes give way to a savory, brothy finish that calls to mind everything from clothbound Cheddar to Italian greats like Castelmagno.
Jan, Roos, and their single herd of cows make these intensely crystalline wheels on a tiny island in South Holland. Wilde Weide carries a much brighter flavor profile than other goudas - think perfectly ripe pineapple and an undercurrent of toasted cashews and sweet cream butter. One of our favorite summertime snackers.
The classic Italian melting cheese. Fontina holds it out while standing apart from the swiss and french greats. Versatile and workable, this cheese holds its own on the cheeseplate as well with distinct notes of mushroom and cured meat.
A newer addition to Jasper Hill Farm's storied cellars, Whitney is aged to be young and supple. Wine-washed for a tiny hint of funk, Whitney's paste carries toasty, meaty flavors that finish with a balanced, buttery richness.
Great for snacking, or in your next grilled cheese or fondue pot.
Dedalus and Jasper Hill Farm work directly together to bring you the highest quality cheese being produced in the state. Each wheel of Alpha Tolman that arrives in the shop is specially selected by the cheese wizards up in Hardwick so that it meets our custom “Dedalus Profile”. Alpha Tolman is a raw cow’s milk, washed rind cheese made using traditional Alpine-style methods. Aging out between eight months to a year, expect notes of tropical fruit, caramelized onions, and beef broth.
A delicious and highly decorated Gruyere from Fribourg, Switzerland. 1655 is aged by Fromage Gruyere SA, the smallest of the Gruyere Affineurs and selected from the premier dairies that they source from. 1655 shows considerable seasonal variation though each wheel shows distinct fruit notes up front with a long and savory finish. Pair with Fallot Whole Grain Mustard or England Preserves Red Onion Marmalade.
Jasper Hill Farm’s Bayley Hazen Blue has developed a loyal following, and for good reason. This raw cow’s milk blue-veined cheese is as creamy and fudgy as they come. Aged for just under 4 months, Bayley Hazen is perfect for both sweet and savory pairings. Melt a fat slice on a burger for the ultimate creamy, umami flavor bomb, or pick up any jar of V Smiley Preserves, for a trip down a honey-sweetened lane.
A Dedalus exclusive - we're extremely proud to collaborate once again with our friends at Ellison Estate Vineyards and Jasper Hill Cellars on this holiday offering. We scooped up a case of Ellison Estate's Little Experiment #1 and ran it to the revered cheesemakers at Jasper Hill. A batch of their Willoughby was blessed with washes of this Louise Swenson white wine pressed over Frontenac Noir skins, giving us a savory, unctuous, lightly funky nugget - just in time for your holiday table.
A unique expression of one of France's most popular cheeses, available only at Dedalus. The affineurs at Marcel Petit make sure that they choose the perfect wheels throughout the year for our personally selected flavor profile. Notes of toasty cashew, beef broth, and roasted carrot coexist with Comte's classic buttery richness in these extremely limited edition wheels. All you need is a bit of Vin Jaune.
Betty and Martin Koster source their Goudas from the best cheesemakers and cheesemaking co-operatives throughout the Netherlands. L’amuse signature is aged at a higher humidity and temperature than most Goudas. This keeps the paste moist and sweet, while still developing crunchy tyrosine crystals. Think butterscotch candy in cheese form.
A one of a kind, raw milk variation on a English Stilton style Blue. Stichelton is created through a long make process, involving hand ladeling of the curds to ensure a smooth, creamy texture. The flavor is bright and buttermilky up front with a finish that ranges from toasty to peppery. Great with any dark honey and Effie’s Cocoa Cakes.
A super limited edition alpine cheese from Sennerei Nufenen, a small village dairy in Gaubunden in Eastern Switzerland near the Italian border. 21 small farms pool their milk together to create cheeses in this picturesque Alpine creamery 1600 m above sea level. Rich and meltable with a savory quality reminiscent of vegetable broth, cured meat and woody mushrooms.
Giorgio Cravero and his family have been aging wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano in their caves since 1855. Each wheel arrives in the Piedmont at a year of age and is flipped every two weeks to ensure a smooth texture with delicate crystals throughout. Notes of sweet fresh cream give way to a robust, brothy finish. Pair with Prosecco and a drizzle of Villa Manadori aged Balsamic.
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