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Almnas Tegel

Made by the organic farm Almnäs Bruk on picturesque west coast of Lake Vättern in Sweden, Almnäs Tegel is a firm cow cheese. Its magnificent shape and striking rind is imprinted with the stamp of a child's foot, inspired by the Almnäs brickyards of the eighteenth century where children would play amongst still-drying bricks. This footprint became the company's logo, and when the brick factory was transformed into a cheesemaking facility many years later, it then became the the symbol of Almnäs Tegel cheese. Cheese was made there from the 1830s until 1961, and was revived in 2008.

Tegel (pronounced Tea-gall) is made with milk from the farm's herd of four hundred Holsetin cows. The farm is a mix of forest and organic fields, giving the herd high-quality nourishment that comes from a pasturage with a large amount of biodiversity. The curds are pressed for nineteen hours, imprinted with the footprint logo, and then brined for another two days. Refined for up to two and a half years, Tegel is washed with decreasing frequency in salt water, resulting in it is striking, aromatic brown rind.

Beneath the rind is a smooth paste that ranges in colour from ivory to straw-coloured, depending on the season during which it is made. As it ages, Tegel's flavor becomes increasingly rich and complex, with notable hints of fruit balanced by a sweet caramel flavour that belies its hefty shape.

Pair with fresh berries and a riesling or hard cider.

Cow’s Milk
Sweden
Unpasteurized
  • -$-14.44
  • Regular price $14.44