Appenzell Saint Gallen, Switzerland
Used as a means of currency in the times of Charlemagne, Appenzeller continues to thrive in modern day society with over 70 dairies producing it. There are 3 different ages in which this cheese is released: (silver label) 3-4 months, Surchoix (gold label) 4-6 months, and Extra (black and gold label) 6+ months. Spicy and flowery, this Black Label cheese is aged for a minimum of 6 months. Initially, it is soaked in a brine. As it ages, the rind is rubbed with a mixture that may contain up to 20 ingredients: wine, cider, yeast, herbs, spices and salts. Each maker may have his own concoction. Beware: This cheese can be strong! One of the traditional cheeses in our fondue mix.
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