Avondale Truckle is a traditional style, cloth-wrapped cheddar produced by Brunkow Cheese under the Fayette Creamery label at their cheese plant in Mineral Point, WI.
Owned by the Geissbuhler family in southern Wisconsin since the early part of the 20th century, Brunkow Cheese has been known for many years for the production of classic Wisconsin-type cheddars. However, in 2006 they decided to launch a secondary range of artisanal-style cheeses based on several well-known English varieties. The inspiration for this came from their local area, which was originally settled by the English.
Milk for production comes from a small number of local dairies, many of which have worked with the Giessbuhlers for several decades.
The Avondale Truckle is based on a traditional recipe for English-style cheddars and after production are wrapped in cheese cloth and coated with lard. Wheels are aged in the Brunkow cellars for up to 18 months before being released for sale.
When young, the cheeses possess a buttery, tangy quality that smooths out with age, developing more subtle complex notes of hay, grass and savory, earthy, vegetal notes.
Avondale Truckle pairs best with a beer or a fairly hefty red wine that will stand up to its robust flavors.