CHEESE NOTES

High-res Magie de Madawaska, from Québécois cheesemakers Fromagerie Le Detour, is the latest magnificent stinker to grace my slate courtesy of Murray’s. 
The Magie is a beautiful washed-rind cow’s milk cheese, with a wrinkly pink and amber skin splitting along the lines of the cheese shelves on which it sat. Collapsing on the cheese board with only a little bit of warming, the golden, lightly pocked paste is oozing and fluid throughout with only a firmer paste near the heart of the wheel. 
Inspired by French washed rinds like Munster d’Alsace or even Taleggio, this is a pungent cheese with barnyard and mold wafting from the rind. In flavor it is buttery, meaty and mushroomy, with hints of hay and nut — even, as was noted by Murrays on Twitter, reminiscent of that Southern specialty, boiled peanuts!
This is not a challenging washed-rind (eg you can bring it home on the subway without clearing the seats around you), but it is delicious and complex, amazing smeared on a crusty hunk of baguette.
As for the name, Magie is a combination of Mario and Ginette, first names of the husband and wife team responsible for the cheese; Madawaska is the name of the first Seigneurie of the region of Quebec in which the fromagerie is situated. 
Sentinelle (recently reviewed here) and Grey Owl are two other cheeses from Fromagerie Le Detour to keep an eye out for. 

Magie de Madawaska, from Québécois cheesemakers Fromagerie Le Detour, is the latest magnificent stinker to grace my slate courtesy of Murray’s

The Magie is a beautiful washed-rind cow’s milk cheese, with a wrinkly pink and amber skin splitting along the lines of the cheese shelves on which it sat. Collapsing on the cheese board with only a little bit of warming, the golden, lightly pocked paste is oozing and fluid throughout with only a firmer paste near the heart of the wheel. 

Inspired by French washed rinds like Munster d’Alsace or even Taleggio, this is a pungent cheese with barnyard and mold wafting from the rind. In flavor it is buttery, meaty and mushroomy, with hints of hay and nut — even, as was noted by Murrays on Twitter, reminiscent of that Southern specialty, boiled peanuts!

This is not a challenging washed-rind (eg you can bring it home on the subway without clearing the seats around you), but it is delicious and complex, amazing smeared on a crusty hunk of baguette.

As for the name, Magie is a combination of Mario and Ginette, first names of the husband and wife team responsible for the cheese; Madawaska is the name of the first Seigneurie of the region of Quebec in which the fromagerie is situated. 

Sentinelle (recently reviewed here) and Grey Owl are two other cheeses from Fromagerie Le Detour to keep an eye out for. 


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