It has a distinctive tangy, slightly fruity flavor which pairs well with fresh fruit, some wines, and other cheeses. It is a delicacy and a fine cheese that is very suitable and idealÂ making hot cheese dishes (fondue recipes)Â or a dessert.Â AppenzellerÂ is available in three (3) types: classic, surchoix, and extra. Classic is lightly aged, with a milder flavor, while extra is the strongest, with an intense flavor and pungent aroma. The age of a particular Appenzeller can often be determined by its name or the color of its label:
(1) Silver Label designates an Appenzeller cheese aged three (3) to four (4) months before shipping and labelled "Classic";
(2) Gold or Wheat Colored Label, named Surchoix which is a French term for "top choice", refers to the penultimate level of aging, from four (4) to six (6) months; and
(3) Black Label is an Appenzeller that is aged longer than six (6) months with the word "Extra" imprinted on it.
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