The flavor profile can vary depending on season and age from milky, fruit and nut flavors and a smooth mouthfeel to bold and meaty with amplified butter and caramelized onion flavors carried by a rich and crystalline texture. This cheese is dense and pliant, easily portioned and ideal for melting.
Alpha is made using the traditional Alpine methods of cooking and pressing the curds during cheesemaking to achieve a tight, elastic texture and robust, complex flavors. Fresh wheels are washed with a cultured brine to cultivate a rosy orange rind that imparts a funky depth to the ripening paste beneath.
While raw milk is used for this cheese, the cooking and aging process of cheese making substitutes for pasturization.
Alpha Tolman is a Jasper Hill Creamery original, inspired by the classic Alpine cheeses of Europe with a modified recipe designed to showcase the cows and landscape of the Northeast Kingdom, Vermont. The name pays homage to a Greensboro Ancestor – Mr. Alpha Tolman, a philanthropic dairy farmer responsible for building the library and enriching his community with other noble works. Alpha’s grandfather, Enoch Tolman was an original settler of our town.
Allow this cheese to come to room temperature before serving for for the most full flavor. Alpha Tolman is an ideal choice for a fondue, or try pairing with a robust ale, plummy red wine, or onion jam. For a satisfying meal melt onto a plate of fingerling potatoes, cured meat and natural sour pickles, as in the Swiss/French tradition of Raclette.
Store in the refrigerator.