Cheddar (Black Creek 3 Year)
The Black Creek brand is a line of Wisconsin-made cheddar cheeses. The brand is owned by Saputo, a Canadian dairy company that was founded in 1954 by Giuseppe Saputo, an Italian immigrant. Saputo is now is one of the largest dairy processors in the world, and the second largest cheese producer in the United States.
Black Creek cheddars are born in Wisconsin’s Fox River Valley, an area known for its rich pasture. Black Creek Certified Master Cheesemaker Greg Palubicki oversees production of the cheeses at the plant, where he’s worked for more than 30 years. Palubicki’s father had also worked in the plant in the 1950s, and he remembers visiting the facility with him as a child, developing his love for cheesemaking.
Palubicki’s team forms the cheese into 40 lb blocks, then carefully oversees the aging process, which lasts at least three years.
After three years of aging, this orange-yellow colored version of Black Creek Cheddar has become very firm and dense, Flavor is balanced, a little salty and almost bitter in its mouth-puckering sharpness, which is intense and lingers for a long time.
Pair it with a brandy, a Zinfandel, a Rioja or a porter.