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As cheese ages, it loses moisture, changes texture and intensifies in flavor. Complexity and unique aromas develop, creating a distinctive profile for each vintage. We invite you to explore our collection of truly extraordinary cheddars.
2021
Fruity, creamy, and easy to get along with.

The warm buttered sweet corn and sourdough tang of the 2021 Maker’s Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar promise a nuanced tasting experience.

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Our 2021 vintage features a deeply savory profile and creamy texture which highlight the taste of this cheddar. Pair it with buttery Kalamata olives and a crisp Pinot Gris for a powerful flavor experience.

  • Visual: Naturally white, solid body

  • Aroma: Mango, buttered sweet corn, fruity

  • Flavor profile: Nutty, fruity, bright

  • Texture: Smooth, creamy, delicate

2020
Smooth, floral, crisp.

A surprisingly fragrant nose like fresh-cut lawn sharpens the 2020 Maker’s Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar experience before giving way to a rich, earthy, custardy finish.

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Aromatic grapefruit and cranberry prepare your palate for the botanic flavors of 2020. Enjoy it alongside sweet Madelines and a sparkling gin and tonic.

  • Visual: Naturally white, solid body

  • Aroma: Green apple, sweet custard, toasted nuts

  • Flavor profile: Fruity, creamy, umami

  • Texture: Smooth, rich, dry

2019
Distinct, creamy, balanced.

Acidic flavors of buttermilk and juicy pineapple cozied up to brown butter, sautéed mushrooms and aged parmesan. Complicated is a good thing when it comes to 2019.

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Aromatic toasted walnuts and bright green onion prepare your palate for the dense, custardy flavors of 2019. Enjoy it on a bed of shortbread or seasoned pecans and top off the perfect bite with an ice cold sour beer or pinot noir.

  • Visual: Naturally white, solid body

  • Aroma: Aged Parmesan, lemon zest, shortbread

  • Flavor profile: Bright, custardy, umami

  • Texture: Creamy, dense, light crystals

2018
Savory, pithy, and bold.

A mature savory flavor of fig are balanced with grassy notes of fennel, thyme, and cucumber in 2018 Maker’s Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar. Short and crumbly, with intermittent crystals and a shattering texture, the salty hints of umami and roasted nuts are unmistakable.

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2018’s strong umami pairs well with punchy and deep flavors. Try 2018 with an old-fashioned or Scottish red and hors d'oeuvres of fresh-shucked oysters or pâté. For a sweeter complement, serve 2018 with a creamy milk chocolate.

  • Visual: Naturally white, solid body

  • Aroma: Porcini mushroom, buttery, coriander, barley

  • Flavor Profile: Punchy, umami, rich

  • Texture: Creamy, shattering, delicate crystals

2017
Creamy, bright and untamed.

Bright floral notes followed by a rich, buttery flavor would be a good way to describe 2017 Maker’s Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar. floral with pleasantly sweet notes that turn savory on the palate, beginning with tart citrus and a short texture that shatters then melts.

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The aroma, complexity, and untamed flavors of 2017 call for bold, bright, and sweet pairings. For cocktail hour, 2017 interplays with a chilled paloma or a light sauvignon blanc. For a bold, atypical cheeseboard, 2017 complements cured olive tapenade and a tart blood orange.

  • Visual: Naturally white, slight glossy, few tyrosine crystals

  • Aroma:  Floral, fresh, fruity

  • Flavor profile:  Sharp citrus, peppery, bright acid

  • Texture:  Slight short, dry, creamy

2014
Bright, yeasty, buttery crunch.

A surprising and complex profile, the earthy aromas of figs and olives of our 2014 Maker’s Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar give way to pleasantly acidic flavors of fresh grapefruit.

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Our 2014 vintage is all about surprise and delight. The tang of fresh berries gives way to creamy notes of rising dough and brioche, which pairs well with a savory olive tapenade and robust Cabernet Sauvignon.

  • Visual: Naturally white, solid body

  • Aroma: Brioche, berries, toasted hazelnuts

  • Flavor profile: Buttery, earthy, umami

  • Texture: Velvety, shattering, smooth

2013
Luxurious, rich, buttery.

Sweet cream and decadent brioche best describe the first taste of 2013, while savory notes of toasted nuts help round out the flavor.

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Our 2013 vintage features a lush, flaky texture with big crystals which highlight the taste of this long aged cheddar. Pair it with fresh strawberries and a sparkling champagne sangria for a decadent flavor experience.

  • Visual: Naturally white, solid body

  • Aroma: Rich butter, toasted nuts, sweet cream

  • Flavor profile: Sweet, nutty, roasted

  • Texture: Creamy, large crystals, flaky

2012
Buttery, toasty and bright.

Lush tropical flavors mingle with warm toasty notes of brown butter and macadamia nuts in our 2012 Maker's Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar. A shower of crystals, more than a decade in the making, burst onto the palate with a zing! crunch! and celebratory pop!

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Crack open your favorite sour beer or kombucha and bring out the best in 2012's aromatic flavors and rich, crunchy bite. Add a side of wildflower honey and jardiniere for a sweet and savory complement. One taste of 2012 tells you we're serious about cheese—and this one's ready for the spotlight.

  • Visual: Naturally white, solid body

  • Aroma: Tropical stone fruit, honeysuckle, roasted macadamia nuts

  • Flavor profile: Fruity, umami, bright, floral

  • Texture: Shatters, large crystals, crunchy

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