High altitude raw milk cheese washed in white wine, selected by Rolf Beeler
This cheese is one of Rolf Beeler’s initial selection for his renown group of matured, Swiss raw milk cheeses. The Hoch Ybrig was initially created in the 1980s in the small town of Kussnacht in North Central Switzerland. It is a classic Swiss mountain cheese based on the famous Gruyère AOP but, other than its bigger cousin, the around 7kg-wheels are regularly washed in a brine solution that contains white wine, giving the cheese a sweeter finish.
At 8 to 12 months maturation, the Hoch Ybrig shows a deep, golden straw colour with a smooth texture, sometimes developing some of those nice, crunchy calcium crystals. The flavours are concentrated sweet with a perfect, fine balance of salt and acidity. There are also definitive caramel and butterscotch notes as well as that, for raw milk cheese typical, long finish.
How we wrap your cheese
Freshness of your cheese is important to us. That’s why – unless noted differently in the description – we package all of our cheese in vacuum bags to help minimize travel impacts. However, we understand that some of you prefer cheese being wrapped in cheese wrap. This option is available to you for a small fee (it takes more time to package the cheese this way, that’s why we charge you a little bit more). Unless specifically noted in the description, all cheese will generally have a best before date of at least 14 days, vacuum packed cheese generally about 2 months. Please note that with cheese this is often only a guidance date and does not necessarily mean the cheese will be of lesser quality beyond that date. In fact many soft(er) cheeses are best kept close to or until after that date for maximum ripeness.
How the cheese gets to you
All Alpine Express cheese are shipped in environmentally friendlier, insulated cardboard boxes. The cheese is bolstered with recycled packing paper & kept cold with food grade ice gel pack(s). It is shipped the fastest possible service, usually Australia Post Express. See Australia Post’s Express Delivery Estimator (origin is ‘Brisbane Metro’). From time to time we may choose a different shipping provider depending on speed of service, costs and other factors.
Unless noted otherwise, all cheese boxes are sent on Mondays with an order cut-off time at 9am (Sydney time) that day. You will get a tracking number to follow your parcel’s progress.