A sweet and nutty cheese similar to European Alpine cheeses like Gruyère, Appenzeller, or Raclette. By four months, a mild, clean Swissy flavor is present, balancing the butteriness of our rich Jersey cow milk, but most wheels are aged 8 to 10 months to develop more complex character. Ascutney Mountain Cheese has a firm yet creamy texture, with tiny eye (holes) scattered throughout the interior. Wheels weigh between 8 and 12 pounds, are 11″ in diameter, slightly domed, and 3″-5″ high. Rinds on young cheeses are the color of straw, but by 4 months they develop a thin coat of crusty gray or white, a sign of a happy relationship between the raw milk product and its environment.