Browse our great selection of pungent or stinky cheeses. Some people love them, some people hate them. It’s all about getting it past your nose to experience the flavor and texture of the cheese. Many pungent cheeses have a washed-rind and if you like to pair these pungent creatures you can do that with a floral, sweet wine like a Riesling or Gewurtztraminer, a full-bodied red wine or try it with a beer, a Lambic. We dare you. Try them and let us know what you think by giving us your opinion in a product review.
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Our Featured Gourmet Pungent Cheese
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. read more...