West Country English Farmhouse Cheese

February 23rd, 2011 by Erin Gennow
West Country English farmhouse Cheddar

West Country English farmhouse Cheddar

Cheese of the Month – Trader Joe’s Cheddar Cheese Truckle

This month I picked up Trader Joe’s West Country English farmhouse Cheddar Cheese Truckle.  Quite a mouthful isn’t it?  Both figuratively and literally.

This cow cheese is aged a minimum of 9 months.  It is pale cream in color, firm, and slightly crumbles when you slice into the thick outer wax to cut a piece off.

The truckle refers to its shape — a small individual wheel, taller than it is wide, encased in wax.  This particular wheel comes wrapped in linen, making a pretty package. This package makes a great little gift to bring a dinner or wine party.

Cheddar Cheese Truckle

Cheddar Cheese Truckle

With a sharp cheddar taste, ever so slight almond notes, and a slightly sweet floral perfume and aftertaste this cheese has a lot going for it in the flavor department.  On first smelling the cheese something was familiar — like a nice dry, but slightly fruity Pinot Grigio.  I took a nibble of the crumbly yet smooth cheddar.  At first sharp, then softening to almond and finally the after notes almost had a gentle chamomile taste.

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