5 Fancy Cheeses You Need To Try Now

It’s high time you ventured beyond the Kraft

Mimolette AOC - Cow cheese from France, $12 for 100g
26 Feb 2016

Mimolette AOC - Cow cheese from France, $12 for 100g

This mild, dry, nutty cheese has a colour that calls to mind the cantaloupe, and can be used in cooking just like Parmegiano-Reggiano. You might want to stay away from the rind — cheese mites have been introduced to it to add flavour to what’s underneath.

Pair with: Chablis or shiraz, dried cranberries, muscatels or cabernet paste.

Pong rating: 1/ 5


Morbier Organic AOC - Cow cheese from France, $9.60 for 100g
26 Feb 2016

Morbier Organic AOC - Cow cheese from France, $9.60 for 100g

A pressed cheese consisting of morning milk (on top) and evening milk (leftover curd that forms the bottom layer), which are separated by a layer of coal ash. Smells super-strong but is surprisingly gentle on the taste buds.

Pair with: Pinot noir, dried figs, crackers or crispbread.

Pong rating: 4/5 

Sottocenere with truffle - Cow cheese from Italy, $15 for 100g
26 Feb 2016

Sottocenere with truffle - Cow cheese from Italy, $15 for 100g

Studded throughout with slices of rich black truffle, this is bound to become a popular favourite. It’s coated with nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, liquorice, cloves and fennel, and then aged in an ash rind to retain the aromatics.

Pair with: Chardonnay or riesling, truffle honey, crispbread or baguette.

Pong rating: 1/5

Ossau-Iraty AOC - Sheep cheese from France, $15.80 for 100g
26 Feb 2016

Ossau-Iraty AOC - Sheep cheese from France, $15.80 for 100g

Picture this as you eat this cheese: It’s made with new-season milk of Manech ewes that graze freely near the scenic mountains of the Pyrenees. The flavour is nutty, fruity, olive-like, while the mouthfeel is creamy and buttery.

Pair with: Cabernet merlot, orange and thyme jelly, dried cranberries or olive bread.

Pong rating: 1/5

Roquefort Vieux Berger AOC - Sheep cheese from France, $14.60 for 100g
26 Feb 2016

Roquefort Vieux Berger AOC - Sheep cheese from France, $14.60 for 100g

Made with pure, raw sheep’s milk with a high fat content, this blue cheese has a smooth and creamy texture. It packs an unforgettable punch in the palate that tapers off into rich flavours.

Pair with: Cabernet or vintage port, truffle honey, dried cherries, pear and muscat jelly, crispbread or baguette.

Pong rating: 3/5

Cheese — it’s curious stuff. Some of us love it; the rest of us, not so much. If you belong to the latter category, we’re pretty sure your aversion to it is the result of an unpleasant olfactory experience in the past. But here’s what you should know: Not all fine cheeses are pungently scented, and those that are often pack tantalising flavours that make it worth your while to get past the pong.

Not sure where to start? Jones the Grocer’s operations manager, William Payne, recommends some tasty varieties to discover.

All cheeses available at Jones The Grocer.

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