Cantal is named after the Cantal mountains in Auvergne and is the only French cheese to be made like an English farmhouse cheddar. So it has a lot of cheddary character and is great to cook with. The flavour changes with age; a young Cantal is mild, nutty and milky while older cheeses develop a stronger tang. It’s at its best at around 3-6 months old.
One of France’s oldest cheeses, Cantal was mentioned by Pliny the Elder way back in the 1st century AD. Rather more recently it’s been AOC protection since 1956.