18 Month Emmentaler
Holy cow. You haven't tasted Emmentaler until you've tasted this 18 month giant. Though you may be very familiar with this cheese's much younger sibling from sandwiches of yore, this Slow Food-certified Swiss is in its own class of flavor. Aged for nearly 2 years, it resembles Parmigiano more than the Swiss you'd find in a deli. The alpine cows whose milk creates these 200 pound wheels are treated to a high-altitude diet of wild grasses, herbs, and flowers, which gives the cheese a slightly spicy, savory and nutty profile. Alpine perfection.