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Tell me about Explorateur....

Phoebe Aug 23, 2013 02:06 PM

I recently tried Delice de Bourgogne and love it. While reading about other triple creams, I came across Explorateur. A cheese I hadn't heard much about. Is this a cheese you would highly recommend? Or is it just average? What other triple creams are worthy? This is a new area for me. TIA

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  1. Steve Green RE: Phoebe Aug 23, 2013 05:22 PM

    Explorateur was my first introduction to triple-creams, decades ago. I love it, but I've found Delice to be pretty similar, at a whole lot less $$. In my experience, Delice is more consistent in flavor, where Explorateur seems to vary somewhat (ripeness issues aside). I tried St. Andre a while back, and thought it was a notch down from the other two.

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    1. re: Steve Green
      BobB RE: Steve Green Sep 26, 2013 01:00 PM

      Same here - I was introduced to Explorateur back in the late '70s by a roommate who worked at a gourmet cheese shop in Cambridge, MA. She brought some home and announced, "this is cheese for lovers!"

    2. Delucacheesemonger RE: Phoebe Aug 25, 2013 06:00 AM

      One big problem with Explorateur is it's not working with big red wines, makes them taste metallic for some reason.
      Try to find Gratte Paille, my fav triple.

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      1. re: Delucacheesemonger
        Sushiqueen36 RE: Delucacheesemonger Sep 5, 2013 08:39 PM

        I wouldn't consider a triple cream to work with big red wines in general - Gratte Paille does? Haven't tried that one - will have to look it up!

      2. psb RE: Phoebe Sep 10, 2013 12:08 AM

        Between Explorateur and Brillat-Sav, I prefer Brillat-Sav, although indiv batches vary ... the place I usually buy from always offers a sample from the piece you are buying from.

        Gratte Paille is great, but hard for me to find.

        >St. Andre a while back, and thought it was a notch down
        I agree with that.

        in the cheese-as-butter category, have you tried a good burrata?

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