Adams Reserve Cheddar
Adams Reserve is produced by Great Lakes Cheese, a dairy company that was founded in 1958 in Ohio by Swiss immigrant Hans Epprecht. Since then Great Lakes Cheese has grown substantially, today comprising eight facilities around the country. This line of cheddars is produced in the small town of Adams, New York, and milk is sourced from farms within a 50-mile radius of the facility. The environmental conditions of the upstate New York region contribute to the distinct flavor of the cheese.
During production this cheddar is formed into 40-pound blocks, which are then combined to form a giant block of 640 pounds. The cheese is aged in plastic for a minimum of nine months.
Dense, toothsome and fudgy in texture—akin to the toughness of a medium-rare steak—this cheese is mouthwateringly sharp. Simultaneously earthy and bright, there are hints of coffee and strawberries and a deep complexity. Its middle-of-the-road moisture content allows its mild piquancy to stand front-and-center, accented by waves of chivy must. A must-try for lovers of strong, sharp cheddar.
Pair this cheddar with a dry red such as a Burgundy or Zinfandel. For white wines, try it with a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.