Petit Livarot is, as the name indicates, a smaller version of the French Livarot cheese, an old traditional very aromatic cheese from Normandy. It is easily distinguished by the strips of raffia that encircle the cheese, similar to the one worn on a French army colonel's uniform, hence it nickname 'The Colonel'.
The Petit Livarot has this pungent aroma because it is a washed rind cheese; the brine wash activate bacterial growth that causes the strong aroma and sticky rind. Like many washed rind cheeses, the aroma may turn you off, but the flavor of the interior is soft and golden, salty and spicy.
Producer Graindorge received a Silver award for this cheese at the 2010 World Cheese Award.
Petit Livarot is best enjoyed with a full-bodied red wine or a cider. It tastes excellent with crusty bread and dried fruits.
Ingredients:pasteurized cow's milk, salt, rennet, cheese cultures, annatto.