Strong, hard Quebec cheeses
Hello, looks like I'll be making a trip over to Montreal over the holidays this year and wanted to know if any of you could recommend some other local cheeses for me to try. I prefer harder cheeses, and really like strong ones such as a Mimolette extra-vielle, old Queso Manchego or maybe a nice Gruyere.
So far I've fallen for two Quebec cheeses: Chevre Noir and Alfred Le Fermier.
Hoping you local foodies can point me in the right direction.
As I was reading this, I was thinking, "I wonder if you'd like Chevre Noir..." then I got to the end. Doh! Sorry I don't have any recs, my mind is drawing a blank.
La Tomme des Demoiselles
Le Gré des Champs
...you might like if you like Alfred Le Fermier. I am especially partial to the latter.
Perhaps Fritz Kaiser's Miranda. It's a Gruyere-like cheese. And I've been a fan of Albert Perron's Cheddar for twenty-five years. It's quite easy to find the 4 year old.
Also l'Hercule de Charlevoix as well as old raw-milk cheddars (Ile-aux Grues is commonly available and delicious)
Go to the cheese monger at Atwater Market or check out the Marché des saveurs store at Jean-Talon Market. They'll give you advice and I know some of them will let you try a sliver before you buy.
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well, these are certainly 2 excellent choices!
some other ideas:
aged Cheddar (eg: from l'ile aux Grues),
Les Petits Vieux (cheddar from fromagerie Médard)
Zéphyr, from Fromagerie des Cantons
L'hercule, from Laiterie Charlevoix.
I too strongly recommend going to Atwater's fromagerie du marché (street level) for your cheese shopping. Easy to get sample pieces, and reccos of what's the best at the moment.