This semi-soft, steeped in cheese made from pasteurized milk is ripened for two months. It is steeped in ice cider from the Leduc-Piedimonté cider house in Rougemont, which gives its slightly damp rind an orangey, slightly bloomy colour and a fermented apple and mushroom aroma. Its interior is soft and melting with a taste of butter, cream and green apple liquor.
The cheese’s name comes from the story of the Swiss hero William Tell, who is said to have stood up to imperial authorities in the 14th century. For refusing to comply with the obligation to remove your hat in respect when passing a pole symbolizing the ruling forces, he was sentenced to shoot an arrow at an apple placed on his own son’s head. Fortunately, his aim proved true.
Guillaume Tell is available from the cheese maker, in specialty grocery stores and cheese shops, and in most supermarkets.
Awards and distinctions
2010 World Cheese Awards bronze medal winner, 2010 American Cheese Awards bronze medal winner and 2009 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix finalist, in its category.