Cheddar 22 Year Old Vintage 1997 Quarter Pound

Cheddar 22 Year Old Vintage 1997 Quarter Pound

6 Customer Ratings
Item Number: #1114
Weight: 0.25lbs

Do you seek the exceptional? This 22 Year Old Cheddar isn't just cheese - it's a work of art. This limited edition cheese is not to be missed. It's smooth, sharp, and bursting with flavor. Spread throughout is crystallization that can only be found in a fine aged cheese. Those little crunchy bits found on and around aged cheeses (specifically our vintage Cheddar collection) are known as calcium lactate crystals. As the cheese is aged, the protein chain begins to unravel and the little deposits form. These cheese crystals don't just add extra crunch, they indicate that the cheese will have an extremely bold and complex flavor. Without a doubt, this is a cheese to savor. Alto Logo One of the rarest cheeses in the world, this cheese is beyond sharp. Produced at the famed Alto Dairy Cooperative on May 2, 1997 in Vat 9 in Black Creek, Wisconsin. This Cooperative has over 500 member farmers. In 2007, this Black Creek plant was featured on the series Modern Marvels. Alto Dairy Cooperative was sold to Saputo Cheese in 2013

Quarter Pound Piece

The Basics

Region: Black Creek, WI

Milk Type: Cow

Pasteurization: Pasteurized

Rennet Type: Vegetarian

Age:20+ Years

Ingredients: Pasteurized milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes, and annatto (vegetable color)

Cheese Profile


  • young
  • medium
  • aged
  • old


  • soft
  • medium
  • hard
  • brittle


  • mild
  • medium
  • strong
  • pungent

Pairing Recommendations

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Malbec
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Zinfandel
  • Riesling
  • IPA
  • Belgian Ale
  • Cider
  • Porter
  • Stout

Other Cheese Pairings
Savory Crackers, Crusty Artisan Bread, Dried Fruit, Nuts, Pork, Chicken

Product Reviews (5)

the 12 year cheddar is better
By Carl McGowan sr.

Don't waste your money . The 12 year cheddar is better than the 19 year old . Very dissapointed . Have always enjoyed Wisconsin Cheese Marts products until now . The 16 year cheddar was FAR better also . Don't bother looking for that . I got the LAST 1/2 pound . YUMMMMMMMM

By Peggy Gamache

Superb, outstanding, exceptional, marvelous, wonderful, magnificent .. can you tell my husband just loves this cheese And yes, the crystals are very prevalent and tasty!

Awesome flavor
By Sharon Ellis

Crystal are so tasty. My husband and I really enjoy the real sharp flavor. A little piece has so much flavor. Don't need a big slice to satisfy your taste buds.

By Stephen D Ingram

What can I say that will convey what this cheese tastes and feels like If you never have, I'd try a 1/4 pound at least if I were you. You won't be sorry.

Hits you like, BOOM!
By Dustin Felix

Couldn't help but order this cheese since it was advertised as being 18-years old. Took a little nibble last night and it definitely tastes like an 18-year old cheddar should, which I really like. Tasted really good with some hard cider I had on hand, but tonight I get to sample it with my favorite Scotch. Overall, really great price, excellent and speedy shipping. I'll buy cheese from WCM again for sure.

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