Quebec vintage Cheddar
As you might guess from the name, Old Quebec Vintage Cheddar is a traditionally aged Canadian cheddar made in Quebec, and a standout favorite among customers and staff alike.
This cheese is aged a minimum of three years, but the actual age of this cheese will range between three and four years and occasionally, longer.
Old Quebec's unique production process allows the cheesemaker to craft the cheddar on an individual vat basis so that the natural flavors of the milk can develop. The milk for Old Quebec Vintage Cheddar is "heat treated," which controls the bacteria but does not eradicate the natural healthy lactic bacilli. These bacilli are necessary to create the acidic flavor that many people associate with sharp cheese.
Low moisture allows the long aging process to create the depth of flavor that is characteristic of this cheddar: quality cannot be rushed! Following manufacture, the cheddar is allowed to rest for nine to twelve months, after which it is graded on the basis of texture, flavor, aroma, and color.
Because of the low moisture level, the cheese will be crumbly and occasionally have some salt-like crystals. The premium vats are selected for export to Lancaster County, PA to continue maturing. At two years of age, the cheese is re-graded with the best cheeses receiving at least an additional one-year aging time. This develops into the super-sharp Old Quebec Vintage Cheddar.
Old Quebec Vintage Cheddar has a crisp, clean flavor with an appealing sharpness that stimulates the taste buds. This vintage cheddar is buttery with luscious caramel notes and can be recommended for pairing with Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet, and Rioja wines. Flavors are robust, clean, and fruity with notes of butterscotch and an assertive tang.