Textbook definition: "Gruyère is sweet but slightly salty, with a flavor that varies widely with age. It is often described as creamy and nutty when young, becoming more assertive, earthy, and complex as it matures. When fully aged (five months to a year) it tends to have small cracks that impart a slightly grainy texture."
Our Gruyere is made from our whole Grade A milk (pasteurized) and has a hand washed rind. Our Gruyere's flavor slowly develops over a minimum of 90 days. The temperature that it ages at is a 2 step process, and is checked daily to ensure it's developing properly, and not cracking. While it is aging it starts to develop the "eyes" or the smaller "swiss cheese like" holes. And when it's finally ready, timewise, to cut, you get to taste and experience a flavor that is truly unlike any other.
Gruyere is a good melting cheese. It is also traditionally used in French onion soup, as well as a classic toasted ham and cheese sandwich. It is a fine table cheese, and when grated, it is often used with salads and pastas.
Farm Life Creamery Gruyere is an amazing "American Gruyere" and a choice you won't find locally. If you're up for a new experience, give it a try! We cut our Gruyere wheels into approx. 1/2 lb wedges for $8.