I discovered Empire 4 Year Cheddar at the Great Canadian Cheese Festival in Picton, Ontario. The Empire Cheese Company is a Canadian cheese maker that began in the late 1870s. They’ve been making cheese ever since, for 135 years. I guess when you specialize in making something for that long you get very good at it … they have.
The Empire Cheese & Butter Co-op is the only cheese manufacturing plant operating in Northumberland County.
They use a traditional “open vat” method to prepare the cheese. They add no additives, flavours or preservatives. It is all natural. They use 100% Canadian Milk.
What does Empire 4 Year Cheddar Supreme taste like? I was pleasantly surprised by the texture of the cheese. The Empire cheddar was creamier and more moist than I expected of a 4 year cheddar. Those are good qualities in my opinion. No crumbly, dried out cheese here. It was sharp, but not too sharp. It was very well balanced and had a terrific stable finish. All in all … I thought this cheese was excellent!
There are so many cheddar cheeses produced these days that I often find it hard to describe and distinguish differences. My family and I eat cheddar fairly regularly. We try different brands and we like nearly all of them. I really haven’t had a bad cheddar. Conversely, I have only had a few that I remember as being a standout. The Empire Cheese Handcrafted Four Year cheddar is a standout premium product.
Empire Cheese is sold through their factory store and various outlets in the surrounding areas. You can find an up to date list of where to buy by clicking their website.
Disclosure: I have no affiliation with the Empire Cheese Company. I purchased the cheese that I reviewed.