Cheddar (Old Croc Extra Sharp)
Old Croc Australian Cheddar is produced in Victoria, Australia under the direction of dairy importing and exporting company Trugman-Nash. The Old Croc brand is applied to cheddars that are produced by reputable Australian producers according to Trugman-Nash’s specifications. After production, young cheeses are sent to an facility in Wisconsin, where they’re kept in a special temperature-controlled aging room under food grade film and monitored regularly by the company’s cheese graders. 45-pound blocks of Extra Sharp Cheddar age for 18 months before release.
Despite its 18 months of aging, Extra Sharp Cheddar is surprisingly smooth and supple. Smelling of sweet hay and brown butter with almost toasted notes, the cheese has a sharp tang that arrives upfront and lasts until the finish. It has a creamy and mouth-coating texture with salty, crystalline complexity in the mouth.
Pair it with a shiraz, a brown ale, or a stout.