Little Darling is a traditional-style, small tomme (small aged wheel) produced by Brunkow Cheese under the Fayette Creamery label at their cheese plant in Mineral Point, Wisconsin.
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.
Made in both pasteurized and raw milk versions, Little Darling is a small format cheese with a firm, natural, brown-gray rind that is gently pitted. The interior texture is smooth, slightly waxy and straw-yellow in color.
Flavors are extremely earthy and mushroomy, with slight vegetal notes.