Just like fine art, whether a variety of food is good or not is subjective. This holds true for flavoured cheese as well. For some, it is usually an all or nothing feeling. You either love it or you hate it. For others, it depends widely on the flavouring used in the cheese. What is one man’s delicious is another man’s revolting. One thing is certain, the taste of a flavoured cheese depends on the quality of the base cheese.
No amount of herbs or spices is going to mask a rank taste or odour. However, producers that pride themselves on their work will not release something that does not make the cut. For this reason, if you are looking to try a flavoured cheese, visit a gourmet cheese shop for the best selection. While the average consumer will usually jump at the chance to try a bacon or pepper flavoured cheese, those who have dedicated their career to this fare are a little harder to persuade (and I am one of them!).
However, even cheesemongers are bowing to the pressures of the flavoured cheese market. With the finest producers turning out delectable choices, like truffle or clove, cheese purists are finding high quality options that are pleasing to the palate. So the question should not be if flavoured cheese is exciting or revolting, but which kind of flavoured cheese should you try first.
With everything from sweet to spicy, there is no shortage of choices for the discerning consumer. Journal your way through the flavoured cheese market so you know what you have tried and what you want to try next. Some to taste include Cypress Grove Truffle Tremor, Cowgirl Creamery Devil’s Gulch and Mango-Ginger Stilton. You may need to visit several cheese shops to find exactly what you are looking for. While cheesemongers are starting to come around to the idea of flavoured cheese, they are still extremely choosy on which varieties they carry.
Keep being ewenique!