The Grafton Village Cheese Company was founded in 1892 as the Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company, which converted surplus milk from local dairy farmers into cheese. Years later, a fire destroyed the original factory. When the nonprofit Windham Foundation restored the company in the mid 1960s, a new era for the town was born. Today, Grafton Cheese handcrafts artisanal, aged cheddar and specialty cheeses recognized for quality and taste worldwide. Proceeds from the sale of these cheeses support the Windham Foundation’s charitable efforts.
Bismark, named after a legendary Vermont ram from the late 19th century, is a sheep’s milk cheese produced in traditional clothbound cheddar style. After production at Grafton, wheels are sent to Brooklyn, where they're clothbound and rubbed with Smoking Goose Smoked Lard before aging for four to six months at subterranean Crown Finish Caves.
Flavor profile is on the sweeter side, with some wheels boasting notes of strawberry cotton candy and an overall tangy complexity.
Pair it with a bright, fruity red wine.