This week we tasted the early summer 2015 production of L'Etivaz. Tasting at this time of year is usually about checking again how the cheeses from the latest season are maturing, and trying to get more of an understanding of how we think they are going to taste in September when we release them for sale.
These cheeses were made at the beginning of the season and the flavour was even better than we expected. Last year we had an issue with a few early cheeses being of good flavour but very firm. Too firm really. There were no such problems with the new seasons cheese as the texture was perfect, and combined with a delicate - yet aromatic flavour, (milk, straw, honey, smoke), the result was a thing of beauty. If I had managed to make this cheese myself, I would be full of pride.
Too good to hold until September, so there are a couple on their way to London now.