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Cheddar, McKinley

After creating Alemar Cheese Company in Minnesota, Keith Adams was eager for not only a new challenge, but a location closer to his native California. Having lived in England for several years, he became enamored of the sustainable, pasture-focused dairies that are prevalent there, and soon settled on British cheese as a focus for his new enterprise, Wm. Cofield Cheesemakers. To learn the craft of British cheesemaking, he spent time at both the Stichelton Dairy north of London, and the Westcombe Dairy, a cheddar maker in Somerset County.

McKinley Cheddar is made from raw organic Jersey milk from Sonoma County and, like a traditional cheddar, is wrapped in cloth. It ages for up to 7 months, and offers a mild profile that is low in acidity with a dense, chewy, toothsome texture.

Farm / Company: Wm Cofield Cheesemakers

Cheesemaker: Keith Adams

Proprietor: Keith Adams & Rob Hunter

Affineur: Keith Adams & Rob Hunter

City, State: Sebastopol, CA

Region: West

Country: USA

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Traditional

Rind: Clothbound

Texture: Firm

Aging: 6-7 months

Size(s): 7.5-pound wheel