Water Crackers are crispy-textured crackers for cheese, with a dark 'nutty' taste. Water crackers are a refinement of the traditional hard tack used by the British Navy. Made without shortening, water crackers are very crispy and brittle, thus earning them the nickname of "crackers" in the US colonies. In their cheese shop based in Bath, England, The Fine Cheese Co. first began making their own premium line of crackers after wondering why there are so many great cheeses, and so few great crackers to go with them. To that end, they've developed their English line, a neutral selection of crackers that don't impose themselves on the cheeses.