Firstkonig


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This Swiss semi-hard cows milk cheese is a stunning mountain cheese that is rubbed with a light brine during its maturation.

Key Facts

Origin:Toggenburg, Switzerland

Milk: Cow (raw milk)

Rennet Type: Animal rennet

Style: Semi-hard

Classification: Artisan   

Shelf Life: 7-10 days, this product is cut to order 

Goes well with: Dry Oloroso Sherry, full-bodied and aromatic white wines

Similar cheeses:Appenzel, Challerhocker, Comte, Swiss Gruyère Vieux

 

Named after the commanding Churfirsten mountain range in the Toggenburg region, which also graces the cheese's label, FirstKonig translates to 'First King'. Reto Güntensberg, leveraging his family's Appenzeller cheese-making knowledge from Butschwil Dairy, infuses traditional cheese cultures with a fresh perspective on Swiss cheesemaking techniques. Diverging from Appenzeller cheese, FirstKonig is a bergkäse, or mountain cheese, crafted from raw, whole milk. During its three-month aging process, the cheese undergoes gentle brine washes to promote a bacterial rind's growth. The maturation culminates in a wheel with an amber rind encasing a firm yet creamy core, delivering a herbaceous taste with a subtly spicy aftertaste.

For three generations, the Günchensperger family has been crafting premier Swiss cheese under the banner of Bütschwil Käse. The cheese dairy first earned a mention in an 1868 cash ledger. Since that time, many aspects of the operation have evolved, yet one constant remains: an unwavering commitment to taste and quality.

Nestled in the picturesque Toggenburg region, the family's dairies benefit from an environment where cows and goats thrive on verdant pastures, invigorated by the crisp mountain air. It's from this rich milk that they craft their cheese specialties, honoring time-honored traditions and the esteemed Swiss cheese-making heritage with great reverence.

 

Ingredients: Raw cow's milk, salt, cultures, animal rennet.

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