Food & Drink
Top 10 Stinky Cheeses in the World
Only something as delicious as cheese could get away with smelling like a pair of dirty socks. Here at HotelClub, we figure this is worth celebrating. So, don your gas masks as we showcase the world’s top 10 stinky cheeses.
1. Pont l’Eveque
Pont l’Eveque may 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.
2. 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.
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. Mmmm, tasty.
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. Bon appetite!
5. Brie de Meaux
Forget pasteurised Brie; we’re talking about the real deal here – original, raw cow’s milk Brie. It’s a very creamy cheese that’s covered by a thick, white-mould crust (which true cheese connoisseurs say should be eaten rather than thrown away). The French swoon over Brie de Meaux, but if your nose is ammonia-sensitive you don’t want to get too close, especially if it has been left to mature too long.
One of the most sought-after cheeses on the planet, Roquefort is produced out of raw sheep’s milk and matured in caves around the small village of Roquefort, Southern France. Although it’s known as the ‘King of Cheeses’, many people are too chicken to try it due to its stinky odour and blue mould.
No, it’s not a type of hamburger. Mainly produced in Germany, Limburger is perhaps the most popular of all smelly cheeses. It’s fermented using a bacterium that’s partly responsible for the smell of the human body. As a result, when people say Limburger smells like human feet, they are scientifically correct. If you can handle its stench long enough to have a bite, you’ll realise this German delicacy is quite tasty.
8. Stinking Bishop
Not to be confused with a bishop who hasn’t showered in a week, Stinking Bishop is seriously good soft cheese from Britain. Dating back to the time of the Cictercian monks, it’s produced out of pasteurised Gloucestershire cow’s milk and then washed with Stinking Bishop Pear juice. The smell is just in the rind though and once removed, a soft and delicious cheese is revealed.
9. Blue Stilton
While on the topic of British cheeses, you can’t go past Blue Stilton. Known by some as the ‘King of English cheeses’, it’s worth trying if you subscribe to “the smellier the better” school. The texture varies from hard and crumbly to very soft, almost butter-like, depending on how mature it is. The older the cheese, the softer and smellier it is.
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.