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Wrångebäck

Almnäs Bruk is an 8,800-acre farm in Sweden founded by monks in 1225. Cheesemaking was discontinued at the estate after World War II and the farm began selling its milk on the commodity market. As milk prices grew increasingly volatile, cheesemaking was reintrdouced at the farm in 2008. The original cheesemaker, Hans Stiller, who was 82 years old at this point, spearheaded the revival of cheesemaking at Almnäs, and converted the estate’s former distillery into a farmstead dairy.

Wrångebäck is Alpine-style in nature, and offers sweet notes of mascarpone and toffee undercut by a zingy acidity. It has a firm, slightly crystalline texture that is reminscent of an aged cheddar.

Farm / Company: Almnäs Bruk

Cheesemaker: Tommy Larrson

Proprietor: Thomas Berglund

Affineur: Almnäs Bruk

City, State: Hjo

Region: Vastra Gotaland

Country: Sweden

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Traditional

Rind: Natural

Texture: Firm

Aging: 14 months

Size(s): 20-pound wheel