April 17, 2012
Le Grain d'Orge
The alchemy that is cheesemaking never ceases to amaze me, and after five years of tasting French cheese, I'm convinced that cheesemakers should be revered for their imagination and talent.
Here in Normandy alone, they have given us La Crémeux du Mont-St-Michel, Livarot, Camembert and Le Pavé d'Auge, and I would like to personally thank them for each and every one.
Now I've discovered Le Grain d'Orge, a sweet and salty, superb unpasteurized cow's milk cheese produced by the Fromagerie Graindorge in Livarot.
Every taste of this golden cheese reveals rich layers of yeast, salt, milk, mushrooms and a bit of caramel flavor. And to top it off, le Grain d'Orge is matured in the famous local spirit, Calvados, which adds a subtle flavor of sweet apple. The result is a cheese that is seriously irresistible.
The slight sweetness and rich, yeasty flavors would be a perfect match with hard apple cider.
Le Grain d'Orge is available in the States. Ask for it at your local cheese counter or buy it online from Zabar's, WB Cheese or Gourmet-Food.com.