Morbier is a French cow’s milk cheese named for the small town it was created in. The wheels of Morbier are recognizable by the horizontal line of vegetable ash that runs through them. Today, the layer of ash is purely ornamental, and is used as a way of commemorating the old way of creating this cheese. In the olden days, a layer of ash would be poured on top of the half completed wheel of cheese to prevent a rind while waiting for the next batch of cheese to be added.
Wheels of Morbier are aged for at least sixty days, during which time it takes on a classically stinky odor. Although the paste smells pungent, it has a mild and nutty flavor that is very enjoyable. Add it to your cheese platter as a gentle introduction to the genre of stinky cheeses.
If you are looking for a wine pairing, try a Pinot Noir.
Upon receipt of your order the ice pack may no longer be frozen. This is expected and should not be the cause of alarm. The cheese should be cool to room temperature. Once rewrapped and stored properly the cheese will last up to 3 weeks.
For optimal storage allowing the cheese to breathe and retain moisture wrap the cheese in wax paper, plastic wrap or tin foil upon arrival.
A - Bloomy rind, tomes, hard or dry rind cheeses - wrap only the cut surface in plastic wrap, leaving the rind exposed so the cheese can breathe.
B - Blue cheeses should be wrapped securely in tin foil.
C - Washed rind cheeses should be wrapped in wax paper.
D - Small cheeses such as goat’s milk crottin should be wrapped in wax paper.
E - Soft cheeses store well in waxed paper or sealed containers.
Store your cheese in a cool, damp place such as a wine cellar, larder, wine cabinet, or in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator (the warmest part of the refrigerator).
As a general rule, aged hard cheeses last longer than softer, less aged varieties.
For the fullest flavor it is recommended to bring cheese to room temperature before serving.
* See cheese label for proper storage recommendations
To ensure product quality all cheese will ship overnight May 1 through October 1 due to warm summer temperatures.
October through May all cheese will ship 2nd Day, with an Overnight option available at an additional charge.