Bleu Mont Bandaged Cheddar cheese, Bleu Mont Dairy, Blue Mounds, Wisconsin
Willi Lehner comes from a background of European cheesemakers and sources his milk from the farms of his neighbors. Using local creameries, he bandages the wheels and then ages them in his own caves. At least one year of aging underground makes this cheese have a balance between sweetness, acidity, and mossiness at the rind. This cheese has specially made spruce boards upon which it ages. Smooth, with a little bit of a crunch, yet crumbly.