Scharfe Maxx Cheese
The collapse of the Swiss Cheese Union ten years ago has allowed many traditional cheesemakers to branch out and create new Swiss styles. One of these is Scharfe Maxx, semi-firm like its mountain cousins, but much creamier and sharper. Look for it at your favorite cheese shop if you're an alpine fan.
f you can find it, do. It tastes of caramel and nut and fudge. It's slightly funky, in that toasty, melty, cheesy kind of way. The finish is long and sharp, nearly tickling the tongue. And if you're not stuffing artichokes with a soufflé made of the stuff, find a round, full-bodied white to wash it down with.