I picked up a wedge of Gunn’s Hill Hard Swiss Cheese during my recent visit to Cheesewerks on Bathurst just south of King Street. Gunn Hill is a local artisanal cheese farm in Woodstock Ontario which creates three kinds of Swiss style cheeses: soft, semi-hard and hard. Gunn’s Hill started making cheese in August 2011 under the direction of Shep Ysselstein who was trained in the Swiss Alps. They only use milk from their family run Friesvale Farm. The cheese is made in small batches, by hand using traditional techniques. All cheeses are washed rind by hand once a day with salty water to promote growth of a bacteria that adds flavour.
Gunn Hill’s Semi-Hard Cheese is about three months old. The cheese is a combination of Gouda and Appenzeller. With age the cheese will develop more complex flavours but as a young cheese expresses a sweet buttery taste. The Semi-Hard also features Swiss style holes.
Check out this great video showcasing how Gunn Hill produces its Swiss Cheese!