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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