Black Cow Cheddar is one of the newest products to hit the Dussa’s Ham & Cheese fridge, and boy are we excited! This cheddar has an incredible story. Made by the same grass fed cows that make the renowned Barber’s 1833 Cheddar- the oldest surviving cheddar makers in the world! What makes Black Cow cheddar so special is not the milk, however, but the whey. Inspired by milk based spirits produced in cold climate regions where high fructose plants are not available, Jason Barber and business partner Paul Archard decided to try to make a pure milk vodka using the cows on the Barber farm. The result is the now famous Black Cow Vodka. The milk is separated into curds and whey- the whey is processed to make vodka, the curds pressed into cheddar!
Black Cow Cheddar comes in cute little 200g black wax truckles. The wax is key, as it helps the cheddar maintain its distinct creaminess. The result is a mouthwatering cheddar that is silky smooth, with the odd tyrosine crystal that adds a to the cheeses delightful texture. The cheddar itself tastes sharp, but lacks the bitterness that many aged cheddars tend to have. Its finish is slightly peaty, as though you’ve just sipped on a fine bourbon. Paired with a dry rosé, and Black Cow Cheddar has a hidden sweetness to it, as though a drop of honey has been added.
Black Cow Cheddar makes and amazing gift and travels well. Perfect for you next summer picnic!