Up on the tasting block for tonight is Chaumes, a soft ripened cheese from southwest France that was inspired by Trappist-style cheeses. This soft cheese has a washed rind that is bright orange with a soft yellow, almost ivory colored flesh. The flesh is rubbery to the touch but smooth and almost creamy in the mouth.
When I opened the pack the aroma was fairly strong but this is deceiving. The flavor is quite mild with a hint of pungency that really only comes on after you’ve chewed it for a while.
This is not a cheese that I would put on the board to wow my guests with it’s remarkable, amazing out-of-this-world flavor but it would make the occasional appearance. I found the flavor to be earthy and cream. I must say it was good by itself but it was absolutely GREAT on a piece of crusty Italian bread and a sip of shiraz. Yum!
A word of advice. The wrapping of this cheese is very thin and can look as if it is part of the rind, so be sure to remove the paper from the outside first.
Pasteurized cows milk