Cheese is associated with great aroma, the soft/hard texture, and the awesome taste! But, there are different varieties in them too. There are a lot of stinky cheeses which are naturally very pungent in aroma but the taste may differ. This article will give you a list of the stinkiest cheeses in the world.
1. Blue Stilton
This might be one of the famous and most-wanted stinky cheeses. The Blue Stilton is different from White Stilton because of its strong smell and taste. It is a cow’s milk cheese coming from England. The cheese may be found in a variety of textures, from hard and crumbly to soft. As the cheese ages, it becomes more soft and smelly. It is often eaten with celery and pears, but can also be added in other recipes. It can also go well with crackers and barley wine or port wine.
2. Stinking Bishop
This is a type of washed-rind cheese made from cow’s milk, which comes from England. It has an orange to grey-colored rind but has a yellowish-white interior. It does stink but its name is acquired from the brand of pear cider, in which it is washed. If you have seen “Wallace & Gromit”, you will know this cheese because it was used to awaken dead Wallace. It smells like dead flowers and hay. But, the smell is restricted to the rind so you can remove it and enjoy the soft and tasty cheese. It goes well with any bread or a dessert wine.
This is a semi-soft cheese made from cow’s milk in Germany, Netherlands, and Belgium. It is very well-known for its stinky smell. The smell comes from the bacteria Brevibacterium linens, which are the ones responsible for body odor, especially smelly feet. So, you can imagine the smell of it. The taste is also strong but is actually regarded as tasty. It is normally spread on rye bread and eaten.
This is a French cheese which is made from raw sheep’s milk and is aged in caves. This is a blue cheese that has green distinctive molds, which give it the strong flavor. It has no rind. It was banned in countries like Australia and New Zealand till recently. The taste is said to be very strong and it also has a very pungent flavor. It is best served with a glass of Sauternes (sweet wine) or with fruits like pears.
5. Brie de Maux
This is not the usual Brie you get in the market. This is the original cheese which is made from raw cow’s milk which is made in France. It is a creamy cheese which has a white crust (which is also supposed to be eaten). It boasts of some people drooling over it but better be careful if you have a sensitive nose. The smell gets more intense as the cheese is aged so grab it when it’s young! It is best served with a dry sparkling wine.
6. Pont l’Eveque
This cheese might be the smelliest cheese on our list, but it’s also one of the tastiest. This French delicacy is one of the oldest-known types of cheese, dating back to the 13th century. This is the kind of food you want to keep wrapped-up in the fridge, unless you want everything else to smell like old socks. If you can’t handle its pungent odour, all you have to do is remove the moist crust.
What it lacks in good looks, Taleggio makes up for in taste. Unlike most stinky cheese, this one doesn’t smell so bad. Appreciated for its strong taste and soft texture, this Italian cheese dates back to the 10th century when its makers left it in caves to mature and washed it with saltwater-soaked sponges.
One of Napoleon’s favourites, Epoisses is one of the smelliest cheeses on the cheese board. Indeed, Epoisses has been banned from public transportation vehicles all over France. It is made from raw cow’s milk and its rind is washed with pomace brandy. If it starts to smell too strongly of ammonia (or someone who hasn’t showered in a week), you should throw it away because it’s no longer edible.
This French cheese is often called ‘Monster Cheese’ due to its unbearable odour. It comes from the French region of Alsace where it’s produced from raw cow’s milk and left to mature in damp cellars. A three months-aged Munster is not something you want to punish your nose with; its smell has been compared with sweaty feet.
10. Camembert de Normandy
Some would argue that Camembert de Normandy smells like the secret project of a chemical company. Despite its stench, Camembert is loved the world over for its soft, runny texture. Made from unpasteurised cow’s milk and left to mature for three weeks, its normally eaten with a spoon. It’s now a subject of a war between the small traditional producers and the country’s industrial dairies who want to use pasteurised milk instead of raw milk.
11. Ami du Chambertin
Made from unpasteurized cow’s milk in the Gevrey-Chambertin area of Burgundy, the rind is washed with Marc de Bourgogne brandy and the smell hovers somewhere between barnyard and “putrid” … but the flavor is of grassy butter and creamy.
12. Fiance Des Pyreness
An unpasteurized goat’s milk cheese from the Pyrenees, the aroma of this oozy cheese is described as “yeasty” and “fragrant.”
13. Soumaintrain Berthaut
This French cow’s milk cheese from the Département de l’Yonne in Burgundy has its rind manually rubbed two to three times per week during aging. And while the aroma of Soumaintrain is quite assertive, the flavor is relatively demure; one seller describes it as “pleasantly pungent, with a fruity, yeasty beefiness.”
14. Vieux Lille
This stinker from northern France is so stinky that it’s nicknamed “old stinker.” Vieux Lille is a type of Maroilles, but washed with brine for three months to make it one of the most-pungently fragranced cheeses on the planet. Not for the faint of heart; perfect for those who think the stinkier, the better.