Gourmet Pungent Cheese

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.

We will be adding exciting new Gourmet Pungent Cheeses frequently, so come back soon!

Our Featured Gourmet Pungent Cheese
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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...
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  • Limburger has a smelly past. But to clarify, it is this rind that gives Limburger its reputation as a 'Stinker.' Limburger was originally created by Belgian Trappist monks in the monasteries near Limburg in Belgium. A hundred years ago the recipe was adopted by the German cheesemakers and they made it their own. This is a pasteurized cow's milk cheese with an incredibly pungent aroma, however ther... read more
  • Epoisses is made in a small town in Burgundy, in France and is one of the great gourmet cheeses of France and of the world. Each gourmet cheese is covered in an edible reddish-brown coating, and underneath that coating is a creamy, soft, white interior with a daunting aroma that comes straight from the farm, often said it is a candidate for the top ten most pungent French cheeses. Epoisses is prod... read more
  • Grayson Cheese hails from a small family farm in Grayson, VA, dedicated to sustainable agricultural; using no pesticides or herbicides. Grayson is an artisanal cheese made using raw milk from the farms personal herd of Jersey cows. It begins with a washed rind, rust in color and somewhat sticky. The paste is golden and semi-soft. It has a pungent aroma with deep hearty, dare we say, meaty flavor ... read more
  • Taleggio is a soft Italian gourmet cheese that is named after the valley of Taleggio, Val Taleggio, in the Bergamo Alps and dates back to even before the 10th or 20th century. This old cheese is considered a delicacy and can be served on its own with crackers or in dishes. Taleggio was recognized a DOP in 1996 and the supply of milk, the production, the ageing and packaging of this cheese are excl... read more
  • This Belgian cheese is semi-soft and has a nutty, well-finished flavor; the natural rind is bathed in Trappister beer giving it a sticky exterior all the while it's soaking in the flavor. The aroma is bold but, the taste of the cheese itself is mild as it retains the subtle hints of hops and malt. It appeals to the nose and the palate. Le Chimay a la Biere (Chimay with Trappister Beer) is made fro... read more
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