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Semi Hard Cheese

Semi Hard Cheese

Semi-hard cheese includes all time favorites like Cheddar, Gouda, Havarti & Gryuère.

Semi-hard cheese

A perfect balance of moisture and aridity, these cheeses provide a firm, slightly springy texture with a delicate blend of savoury and tangy flavours. Usually dense in consistency, the cheese is often made by compressing curds into a solid, draining them of any remaining whey in the process. Taken directly from their moulds, some cheeses (i.e. Gouda, Edam and Jarlsberg) receive a coating of wax, thus avoiding the need for brine. Typically, semi-hard cheeses are aged anywhere between 1 and 6 months depending on each specific type.

Buttery, sweet, rich

Having aged less than half a year, semi-hard cheeses are characterised by their relatively mild taste and aroma. Due to the lack of moisture, the fragrance rarely pronounces itself too strongly. Semi-hard cheeses often are characterized by soft touches of hazelnuts and seared butter, along with a diverse line-up of mellow nuances. Semi-hard cheese melts and spreads evenly when grated, with firmer and slightly older cheeses guaranteeing neat slices every time. Opting to grate the cheese yourself delivers a clearer palate than shop-bought variants, which tend to be a mixture of multiple types.

Often wearing a wax or cloth coating, semi-hard cheeses with natural rinds are edible all the way through, intensifying in flavour towards the exterior.

 

Types of semi-hard cheese

A roster of adored classics, semi-hard cheeses show their full beauty when served beside vibrant flavours of fresh fruit or a deep red wine.

Cheddar

Hardly ever in need of introduction, this English treasure has become a permanent resident in global cuisine. Cheddar has a maturity anywhere between 2 months to over 2 years. Depending on the age, Cheddar can be found with a diverse range of textures and tastes. Some are even mixed with chilli, black pepper and onion.

Pair with a dry red wine, zesty pear and roasted nuts.

Gouda

Sharing a name with its town of origin, Gouda features a lightly beige-coloured body made using milk from either sheep, cows or goats. It has a sweet and nutty flavour, often with a light and mild aroma. As it ages, flavours become more piquant and the texture crystallises.

Pair with a slightly bitter beer or a deep red wine.

Havarti

This gentle Dane is easily recognised by its interspersed eyes and near-white interior. Loved for its creamy consistency, it offers a smooth and subtle flavour. As it ages, its profile increasingly resembles that of Cheddar - both in taste and texture.

Pair with a light white wine or a simple pilsner beer.

Gruyère

A cheese plastered in history and tradition, Gruyère acquires its flavours from rich cow’s milk. The texture is flaky and granular with age, with younger variants being denser. Revealing full-bodied, fruity tones, the flavours slowly journey towards nutty and earthy with a mild finish.

Pair with berry jam, sliced pear and grapes.

Gouda Cheese

Gouda Cheese

Gouda Cheese
Cheddar

Cheddar

Cheddar
Havarti Cheese

Havarti Cheese

Havarti Cheese
Fontina Cheese

Fontina Cheese

Fontina Cheese
Provolone

Provolone

Provolone
Emmentaler

Emmentaler

Emmentaler
Taleggio

Taleggio

Taleggio
Comté Cheese

Comté Cheese

Comté Cheese
Edam Cheese

Edam Cheese

Edam Cheese
Gruyere

Gruyere

Gruyere
Manchego Cheese

Manchego Cheese

Manchego Cheese
Drink Pairing Guides

Not really sure what to serve with your cheese? Lucky for you, cheese is a great match for a lot of different drink types - how about a dark stout, a G&T or a fruity and sweet white wine? Explore our guides and find the perfect choice of drink for your next cheeseboard!

How to pair White wine & Cheese

How to pair White wine & Cheese

White wine is close to the perfect match for cheese – and generally far better than red wine. The freshness of the white wine, the perfumed notes and the combination of sweetness and acidity suit many cheeses.

How to pair White wine & Cheese
How to pair Beer & Cheese

How to pair Beer & Cheese

Beer goes surprisingly well with cheese – better, in fact, than wine, according to many. Beer’s freshness, carbonation and complex taste notes make it perfect for serving with a cheese platter.

How to pair Beer & Cheese
How to pair Red Wine & Cheese

How to pair Red Wine & Cheese

Before popping open that expensive bottle of red wine for your cheese platter, check out these tips for what red wine to serve with cheese.

How to pair Red Wine & Cheese
How to pair Champagne & Cheese

How to pair Champagne & Cheese

Sparkling wines like champagne, cremant and prosecco aren’t just festive – they also go extremely well with cheese.

How to pair Champagne & Cheese

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