Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Thursday, January 21 2021


By: Allison Spurrell
UK-born, Canadian made

A new affordable addition to your cheddar repertoire.

Cheese Name: Tickler

Origin: UK / Canada

Milk Type: Cow’s milk

Style: Aged Cheddar

Description: Tickler is a relatively new cheese, developed in the UK. The cheese is made in a cheddar style, but the use of a traditional Cheshire culture makes it unique in the industry. The cheese is aged just enough to give it a nice flaky, brittle texture. This UK-born cheese is also now produced in Canada under license. This is certainly a cost savings as shipping cheese is expensive. Perhaps that partly explains the great price point of this tasty cheese.  Affordability means you can use Tickler as easily in your mac and cheese or on a grilled cheese sandwich, as on a cheese board after dinner. Quality, full flavour, complex texture, and a great price make this a winner for sure.

Tasting Notes: Because of the addition of the Cheshire culture added to Tickler, it has a slightly different flavour profile than a typical British cheddar. The richness is there, but the finish is a little tangier, with a slightly sour note, all in a good way. It stands up well to other cheeses on a board without overpowering them.

Pairing: Tickler is great with any number or chutneys or preserves. I prefer it with something a little more robust and savoury, but I would try it with whatever your favourite is. I also really like it with a nice full grain, seedy cracker. Something with a touch of rye flour or a tasty oatcake is a good choice, and don’t forget my number one rule of hard cheese: it always tastes better if you put butter on the cracker first.

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Written By: Allison Spurrell
Allison Spurrell
Allison Spurrell

Allison Spurrell stocks the larders of the city’s finest restaurants and your fridge alike, through les amis du FROMAGE, cheese shops in the Kitslano and Strathcona neighbourhoods in Vancouver which she runs with Joe Chaput. Their shelves are filled with 400 cheeses, including local, raw milk French, Italian and other specialties. They also sell foie gras, pâtés, crackers, biscuits, varietal olive oils, vinegars and other specialty food items and their kitchen in Strathcona prepares popular frozen taken away meals. Les amis du FROMAGE has received Vancouver Magazine's Restaurant Award as a top food supplier to Vancouver’s best restaurants and hotels. Allison is a proud member of Confrerie les Chevalier du Taste Fromage de France. To buy cheese visit: les amis du FROMAGE in Kitslano - 1752 West 2nd Ave | Tel (604) 732-4218 or Strathcona - 843 East Hastings St | Tel 604-253-4218 | www.buycheese.com.