Sweet Grass Dairy's Griffin cheese is a beautiful golden yellow to tan colored cheese. After 120 days of aging, the texture is firm and becomes more dry and crumbly as it continues to age, forming a texture similar to an English-style cheddar.
This cheese is named after the owners' third son and is a variation on the Thomasville Tomme cheese by soaking the curds in Terminus Porter beer from Gate City Brewing.
Griffin has aromas of malt, earth, maple syrup, and coffee beans; upfront flavors of malt, hops, and brown sugar with notes of bitter cocoa and hazelnuts on the finish.
The rind is generally smooth off-white to beige to light orange in color with speckled, random-colored surface flora ranging from black and brown to blue and gray. Each wheel is washed with Terminus Porter after 2 weeks of aging. The rind is generally dry, but has sometimes shown a slight tackiness and increased cave-aged aroma when aged for longer periods of time.
Griffin pairs well with Porter, Syrah, Rhone White blends.
We hand-cut and wrap this cheese in wedges of 1 pound and 8 ounces and you can purchase an entire wheel of 7.5 pounds.
Please note that wheels may vary slightly in total weight, you will be charged for the actual weight of the wheel that you will receive.