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Scientists name world's whiffiest cheese

Melanie Wong Dec 12, 2013 01:18 AM

This was published in 2004, but the findings are probably still in the ballpark. It was sponsored by Fine Cheeses from France, thus most of the cheeses evaluated are French.


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  1. hill food RE: Melanie Wong Dec 12, 2013 01:53 AM

    in this consideration, is Limberger considered a 'true' cheese or just a soured dairy spread? I did get a chuckle once when a customer ahead of me asked the monger if it was good for a party... they caught my reaction and I offered in all honesty "my grandmother loved it and it was always on the table at New Year's Eve" (smirk - yeesh we could smell it across the room 30 feet away)

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      Delucacheesemonger RE: hill food Dec 12, 2013 06:31 AM

      Limburger is a washed rind cheese and the few new ones from Wisconsin are wonderful. The German can be dicier when ordered here usually due to condition.

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        ShowUsYourRack RE: hill food Jan 1, 2014 12:57 AM

        Boy, I would've damn near died of that a couple years back when I still absolutely hated cheese & would be disgusted simply by touching it let alone trying to eat it! I'd at least take a look at it nowadays, perhaps even trying it. Who knows, maybe I'll eventually enjoy it, right? Very unlikely though.

      2. Delucacheesemonger RE: Melanie Wong Dec 12, 2013 06:30 AM

        Find the list given seems to be assembled by a non cheese group. Ossau-Iraty, really ?
        Pont L'Eveque the second smelliest, really ?

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          Melanie Wong RE: Delucacheesemonger Dec 14, 2013 08:46 PM

          I've never had Vieux Boulogne. Does it deserve to be at the top of the smelliest list?

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            Delucacheesemonger RE: Melanie Wong Dec 17, 2013 12:52 PM

            Mystery to me as well.

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              grayelf RE: Delucacheesemonger Dec 30, 2013 11:01 PM

              Interesting that the cheeses on this list and others I found on line are predominantly soft. When I worked in a cheese shop many years ago, the only time we locked the doors was when we were unpacking the aged tilsit. Hot damn, that stuff pongs. To me it leaves all the others in the dust.

              ETA Cotswold is a close second in my book -- double Gloucester with chives and onions embedded in it and then apparently left to die a natural death :-).

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                scoyart RE: grayelf Feb 4, 2014 09:42 AM

                Huh. I've eaten 4 oz. wedges of Cotswold in a sitting, never noticed a bad smell.

                My husband once ate a ghastly smelling washed-rind double cream-type (still don't know what it was) and must have touched random things in the dining room with his cheesy fingers. I seriously thought there was a dead rodent in the chimney for a week. Scrubbed everything... Now I nag him to pieces about hand scrubbing every time he gets something suspicious looking... :) I'm pretty sure it was Epoisses de Bourgogne or something similar.

                I do enjoy Pont L'Eveque, though. With a fork.

        2. ShowUsYourRack RE: Melanie Wong Jan 1, 2014 01:02 AM

          Interesting article.

          1. c oliver RE: Melanie Wong Jan 1, 2014 08:26 AM

            I was figuring raclette would be on the list. Sure doesn't taste the way it smells.

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              ShowUsYourRack RE: c oliver Jan 1, 2014 10:00 PM

              Is that good or bad for you?

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                c oliver RE: ShowUsYourRack Feb 4, 2014 10:17 AM

                Oops, just saw this. It's neither for me/us but a couple of friends came over many years ago for a raclette dinner and when he walked in he said "ooh, stinky cheese" and I don't think he meant it in a good way. But he loved the eating.

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