Cheese: Barambah Organics Gold Hawk Washed Rind
It's advisable to take heed of the message on the label
This cheese has a strong pungent aroma and is full of intense flavour.
The aroma is evident before you even open the package, breathe deeply and those mushroom notes will come flooding over your senses
As you begin to unwrap it those scents start increasing
Tinged with a saffron skin, this small rounds looks harmless enough but it one of the more potent washed rinds I've had
As soon as you slice it and it begins to loose that chill from the fridge you are rewarded with a highly appealing oozing characteristic
it's almost as if the cheese itself wants to escape it's heady skin
Straight from the fridge there is quite a bit of ammonia on the nose so it will appreciate being allowed to come to temperature and these ammonia notes will dissipate over time.
If you are new to washed rinds, then I would advise against starting with this. If you like washed rinds but are unsure of this one, then take note that the more intense flavours are held within the rind and it's gloopy innards have a pleasant creamy bite to them.