Wyke Farms Ivy’s Vintage Reserve Cheddar – February Cheese of the Month
We have made it to February! The end of Winter is in sight but it is not quite over yet. So with these last few weeks to go, it is important to keep some emergency blizzard supplies in your fridge, just in case. It’s true that we may have dodged the “blizzard of historic proportions” here in New Jersey this time but don’t you want to be ready if another storm creeps up on us? This month’s featured cheese is perfect to hang out in your fridge until the time is right to break it out. Wyke Farms Ivy’s Cheddar is ideal to keep you sane if you do become trapped inside.
Wyke Farms is located in the Somerset countryside of South West England. It has been making award-winning farmhouse cheddar since 1861 using the Clothier Family’s original recipe. The farm boasts a 100% green initiative with a sustainability mission aiming to produce as little interference with the environment as possible. It is really encouraging to see a company that uses electric and gas created from renewable resources, has their own water re-usage plant, and takes the initiative to minimize waste production.
Ivy’s Vintage Reserve Cheddar is named after the Clothier family’s grandmother, the woman responsible for developing the family’s original cheddar recipe. The cheddar is aged for a minimum of 15 months and selected by the farm’s master Cheese Grader to ensure the quality of this special edition cheddar. I must admit that I was a little skeptical about this cheese. After all, how much different can a farmhouse cheddar be from the others that I have tried in the past?
The cheese has a delicious flavor. It is sharp, nutty and sweet and even has some salt crystals to tickle your tongue. The texture is a little crumbly at first but actually has a pretty creamy mouthfeel. It is certainly a nice stand alone cheese that is fun to snack on simply with some crackers. The perfect treat if you are cuddled up by the fire watching the snow come down.