Posted by VanessaThursday, August 23rd, 2012
This week I’m thrilled to introduce Ontario’s new “cheese on the block”, debuting in Ottawa at Jacobson’s Gourmet Concepts – Five Brothers from Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese in Woodstock, Ontario. Passion is a common theme among cheesemakers and Shep Ysselstein, who I first met at The Great Canadian Cheese Festival, is no exception. He just named their three Swiss style cheeses, a process that took a year that I equate to picking names for children. I love his philosophy that the names “need to feel right”. You know it’s going to be good cheese when so much patience, thought and effort goes into choosing the name!
Five Brothers, named for Shep’s siblings, is a pressed, cooked, washed-rind, farmstead cow’s milk cheese. An amber-colored, weathered-looking exterior covers these robust wheels featuring a pale straw open interior paste with unique subtle texture and smooth richness. Flavours hint of Gouda (buttery) & Appenzeller (fruity) sweetness ending up almost Cheddar-like (lactic) without the sharpness or characteristic tang. A very tasty addition to round out your end- of- summer entertaining cheese board.
Cheese: Five Brothers (Gunn’s Hill Semi-Hard)
Producer: Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese
Interesting Fact: Oxford County boasts some of the most abundant and fertile soils in Canada earning it the title “Dairy Capital of Canada”.
Enjoy! – Vanessa