Flagship Reserve is an Old World cheddar-style cheese that is clothbound to prevent drying out in its 18 month open air maturation process. It is made in Seattle’s Pike Place Market from the milk of two Duvall, Washington, dairy farms.
The makers do not describe the cheese as a cheddar because they added a culture that traditional cheddar makers do not use. The culture is used in Emmenthal and Gruyere cheeses and reduces the normal tanginess of the cheddar and makes it creamier and nuttier.
The cheese has a complex flavor pattern that starts out with citrusy notes and then develops its cheddary sharpness against a backdrop of caramel nuttiness.
Enjoy this cheese on its own or with some hearty meats and fresh fruit.