Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Tasting notes: Petit Camembert au Calvados

Everyone I know my age seems to be having some kind of existential crisis. "What am I doing with my life?" "Going to work all day, every day - is this it?" "Have you seen that David Foster Wallace video?"

I, too, am asking those questions. Life is hard for us adults. So, lately, I've been rewarding myself for, you know, earning my keep, by having a little nibble of cheese when I get home from work. Supermarket cheddar is not for me, though - I'm talking the fancy stuff. So, partly to remember what I've had, partly to refine my cheese-tasting palate, and partly to encourage everyone else to reward themselves for being responsible adults, I'm introducing a weekly cheese post. 

First up: 

E. Grandorge Petit Camembert au Calvados
This camembert from the Normandy region of France is a soft cow's milk cheese soaked in apple brandy. It tastes herbacious, lightly fruity, buttery, with a deliciously oozy texture. It's not as apply as I expected. $10 for a little over 5 ounces, it's a little pricey, but worth it. 

A note on cheese: Don't eat it straight from the fridge. Soft cheeses need time to sit out so you can discern their more subtle flavors. 

Straight from the fridge

Almost there...

Just right.

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