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Dec 12, 2013 01:18 AM

Scientists name world's whiffiest cheese

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. 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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    1. re: hill food

      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.

      1. re: hill food

        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. 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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        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

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

            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

              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 :-).

              1. re: grayelf

                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.

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

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              1. re: ShowUsYourRack

                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.