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Almnäs Tegel

  • Made from unpasteurized cow's milk

  • Country of origin: Sweden

  • Region: Västra Götaland

  • Type: hard, smear-ripened

  • Texture: open and smooth

  • Rind: washed

  • Colour: straw

  • Flavour: caramel, fruity, nutty

  • Aroma: fruity, sweet

  • Vegetarian: no

  • Producers: Almnäs Bruk

Almnäs Tegel is a hard-pressed "scalded" Swedish brick cheese influenced by the handmade bricks manufactured by the Almnäs brick factory from the late 18th century onwards. It has a unique rind with footprints of a child, reminiscent of real footprints left behind by the farmworkers on the brick floor. Besides the cheese, even today, every clay brick manufactured at Almnas has a child's footprint imprinted on it.

Almnäs Tegel is a huge cheese, weighing approximately 27 kgs. It has a rustic, brick red washed-rind achieved by smearing it with a bacterial culture called Brevibacterium linens. The interior paste is smooth, with occasional small holes and cracks. The colour varies from ivory to straw, depending on the season when it is made. It has a sweet, fruity aroma, reminiscent of butterscotch with a slightly gritty mouth-feel. The rind at times smells of orange or pineapple. Almnäs Brick is aged between 18 and 30 months.

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