12 days of cheesemas, cheese advent calendar, cow's milk cheese, French cheeses, stinky cheeses, Trou du Cru cheese, washed rinds

12 Days of Cheesemas–Day 12

(photo from SFGate)

The little button of Trou du Cru is the perfect blend of sweet and pungent. Essentially, it’s a pocket sized Epoisses cheese, washed with the same Marc de Bourgogne alcohol as it’s larger brother. The nose on it is strong, but it’s bark is much worse than it’s bite. The paste is a combination of butter and straw that lingers long on the pallet. It’s size is ideal for a single serving, for those who don’t like to share their cheeses, but would be right at home at the end of a cheese plate shared with friends.

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12 days of cheesemas, aged cheeses, cheese advent calendar, cow's milk cheese, Gouda

12 Days of Cheesemas–Day 9

(photo from Eats… blog)

So, you think you know what a sharp cheese is? You think it’s a 2 year aged cheddar or something cryovaced from Cabot or Cracker Barrel?

That’s adorable. 

Obviously you’ve never had a 5 year Age Gouda before.

This cheese knocks you in the jaw and doesn’t look back to see if you’re ok. It’s brittle and sweet like a hard butterscotch and riddled with pockets of ‘crunchy bits’ that people lose their shit over (tyrosine, for those that want to up their geek factor). The texture is dry and crumbly, so don’t even both trying to slice this cheese and melting is all but a no go unless you grate it like Parmesan.

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12 Days of Cheesemas–Day 6

(photo by Affinage Cheese)

The nose on Ubriaco del Piave is intoxicating. The vibrant purple rind is a literal mash-up of Merlot, Raboso and Cabernet grapes and, unlike it’s bastard Spanish cousin, The Drunken Goat, Ubriaco (which means ‘drunk’ in Italian) actually takes on the flavor of the grapes. Its paste is sharp and sweet, with a good bite coming in from the raw cow’s milk. The finish, however, is smooth and pleasant.  Finishing the last bite, with both paste and rind, turns it into a pleasant bowl of berries and cream.

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