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.
Fondue season is upon us. We have bags of Fondue Vite available from Saturday, 21st of November.
Fondue Vite from KäseSwiss
Fondue Vite is simply all the ingredients for a cheese fondue in a bag.
All you need to do is pour it into your pot, heat it up, and eat. There are no additives or preservatives just the normal ingredients of fondue mixed together in advance.
This sort of fondue mix is very common in Switzerland and you can find different versions of it in most cheese shops.
We worked hard to come up with the best Fondue we could. It contains traditional Swiss farmhouse cheeses that are fully mature so that it has a very good flavour, and we tried to source everything in Switzerland – cheese, wine, kirsch. The only non- Swiss things are cornflour and spice.
We have used a combination of Gruyère AOP, Vacherin Fribourgeois AOP and Bergkäse, - all cheeses that we sell on the counter also.
Rub the inside of your fondue pot with a cut piece of garlic. Pour in the fondue and warm over a moderate heat while constantly stirring. Once it reaches simmering point it is ready to eat. Feel free to add some more black pepper, nutmeg or paprika to suit your own taste.
You can serve it with a good crusty bread, potatoes, or even vegetables. Try dipping your bread in Kirsch first, then into the Fondue to ‘spice’ it up a bit.
Produced from the koroneiki olive variety from my family’s olive grove in the town of Kyparissia, Kalamata, Greece. Hand picked and cold pressed on the 20th of November 2014.
This year we took the olives to be pressed at a newly built unit of high standards in the area of Kyparissia that specializes in cold press olive oil. (images attached)
Time of Picking: We chose to harvest the olives early as oil made from green (unripe) olives has more polyphenols (natural antioxidants) than oil made from ripe olives.
This oil has a deep, bright green colour, rich texture and the distinctive aroma of freshly - cut olives with a slight peppery aftertaste.
An extra virgin olive oil of the finest quality with an acidity of only 0.3%.
Use it raw in salads or dressings, add it at the end of cooking or pour it over boiled vegetables.
L'Etivaz. Produced summer 2013. It is tasting fabulous right now.
It is worthwhile tasting the L'Etivaz alongside the Gruyère Alpage, and our Gruyère Vieux, - as they are all about the same age at the moment. There are a lot of similarities in the recipes of these cheeses, so at present you can taste how something that you would imagine should be quite similar in flavour, can be so startlingly different.
The Alpage and the L'Etivaz are still produced in a small copper vat, over a wood fire. The cows producing the milk are high on the Alps eating a very diverse range of fodder. Whereas the Gruyère Vieux is made of milk from cows grazing pastures at more like 900m and below, which are more uniform in their grass varieties.
As we progress through the 2013 summer production of the L'Etivaz we will also be able to taste variation in the cheese according to whether it was made early in the season (May June) or towards the end of the season (Aug Sept).
Voyager Estate South
We are located in the same warehouse as John & Elena (Fruit and Veg), - we are in the back of the warehouse.
Arch 5 is in a gated area with a carpark, on the corner of Rouel and Spa Roads.
The postcode actually directs you to the other side of the railway lines.
Our Fondue Vite has arrived in London again for the Winter season. KäseSwiss Fondue Vite is simply all the ingredients for a cheese fondue in a bag. All you need to do is pour it into your pot, heat it up and eat. There are no additives or preservatives, just the normal ingredients of fondue mixed together in advance by us.
This sort of fondue mix is very common in Switzerland and you can find different versions of it in most good cheese shops. It contains traditional Swiss farmhouse cheeses that are fully mature so that it has a very good flavour and we have tried to source everything in Switzerland - cheese, wine, kirsch. The only non- Swiss things are cornflour and a little spice.
Of course you can make your own fondue quite easily, but some people just don't wish to !
Have a look here at the Druid Street website for a breakdown of when you can get your cheese.
Alaena and I will be at Bra Cheese this weekend. If anyone wants to meet to talk about cheese or taste a few of the cheeses we are bringing with us, then give us a call or use the contact form on the website to get in touch. We would welcome getting together for a chat ! Thanks, Rachael
The Swiss cheese tasting hosted by Patricia at La Fromagerie last Wednesday evening was very enjoyable. It was fabulous to speak to such a great group of people who were interested in our cheese. Patricia, Sarah and their team created a lovely environment and some delicious Swiss style food to accompany the presentation of our cheeses. Sue Style's knowledge of Swiss wines and her antedotes from her book on Swiss cheese were so interesting. I've had to completely change my impression, (uninformed impression !) of the wines of Switzerland. They were quite special and complemented the cheeses well.