Havarti has a buttery aroma and varies from sweet to somewhat sharp in the stronger varieties. It is typically aged about three months, though when the cheese is older, it becomes stronger and tastes like hazelnut. Havarti was initially created in the mid-1800s by Hanne Nielsen, a Danish farmer’s wife, who traveled to many parts of the world exploring the art of cheese-making. Upon her return, she decided to experiment with different methods of making cheese and named her finest creation after the farm on which it was made. Great accompaniments include figs, smoked turkey, raisins, walnuts, hearty bread, pears and apples.