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Castello’s Reserve Aged Havarti

Castello_AgedHavarti_Reserve_resizedThe Lady snagged a wedge of the first aged Havarti. It’s made by Castello and aged nine months. As you may recall, my previous opinion of Havarti is the only way it has flavor is to add stuff to it that has its own flavor… not anymore…

As with aged cheddars and goudas, this aged Havarti contains those wonderful little tyrosine crystals that are made of amino acids that appear as cheese ages. We call them “little crunchies” that explode in your mouth with flavor… we love cheese that contains little crunchies…

Castello’s Reserve Aged Havarti is a milky white with a rich lactic aroma. The flavor is nutty, robust with just enough salt to add to its tasty profile; which stands alone… but if you top it with a dollop of Anarchy in a Jar’s Strawberry Balsamic Jam… everyone in the room starts to swoon… The man, of course, was down for the count first… but embarrassingly… I was next in line… The Lady was only a bit more composed…

After enjoying it plain and then with strawberry jam, The Lady made a hat trick by adding it to a Patty Melt sandwich and it melted as divinely as it tasted.

This cheese is not only amazingly delicious but it is also amazingly versatile.

I give Castello’s Reserve Aged Havarti 4 Paws out of 4 Paws (cause that’s all I’ve got).

Serving Suggestions: On a cracker, you’ll never go wrong. As a melting cheese, you can use this Havarti in mac n cheese for added flavor, especially if mixed with an Alpine cheese or an aged cheddar. With grapes, the sweet pairs well with the savory of this sublime cheese. Let your imagination run wild…

Wine pairing: Usually, I would suggest a white; but this cheese could easily hold its own with a Merlot.

Beer Pairing: The Man suggests an IPA

Source: Pasteurized Cow’s Milk


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