Alp Blossom is almost too beautiful to eat…almost. Golden with festive dashes of periwinkle, the Alpine wheel’s breathtaking rind is coated in herbs and flowers including cornflower, lavender, marjoram, lovage, and chervil. Even its pale yellow paste, with widespread holes, is a pleasure to look at. With flavors of Biscoff cookies, savory herbs, and rose petals, you’ll be glad to give in to this cheese. Alp Blossom is reminiscent of Gruyère: nutty, a bit beefy, and with savory hits from the rind—but its herbaceous smell and pastoral sweetness are all its own.
Made by Sennerei Huban, Austria’s first cheese school, Alp Blossom is hand-crafted into wheels that are aged for six months. In a celebration of local flora, the wheels are coated in a mixture of dried flowers and herbs from Alpine meadows. Milk from Brown Swiss cows, known for its high butterfat content, yields a rich flavor and a dense, creamy finish.
For pairings, stay true to the region with a glass of Bavarian beer or a dry Riesling. You might also consider malty brews like brown ales or doppelbock. Serve a hunk of Alp Blossom on a cheese plate to really show off its eye-catching appearance.