Good Morning Cheesy1’s,
Within the last few weeks we have started stocking Rougette Bavarian Red from Käserei Champignon on the Waitrose cheese counter. If you are a fan of Cambozola this will be instantly recognisable because it uses the same size mould as Cambozola, but all is not the same when it comes to taste. This is a washed rind cheese which is simple, light, smooth and buttery with a mushroomy flavour reddish rind. A double-cream soft-ripened cheese, made with pasteurised cow’s milk which is suitable for vegetarians
and lactose intolerance. Käserei Champignon say “For over three decades, our experienced master cheese makers have created a red culture speciality that cheese connoisseurs immediately love: ROUGETTE. Over the years, they have dedicated themselves to its traditional manufacture with skill and ingenuity and developed new varieties. Our master cheese makers exercise particular care during maturing because ROUGETTE needs a particular temperature and humidity to optimally develop its finely spiced flavour and special creaminess. In the process, the appetising red-white rind develops to give the naturally matured cheese its characteristic note.” Bavarian Rougette has won many awards at the Global, World, International and Yorkshire show. Two of the most recent were Gold at the International Cheese Awards Show 2018 and Silver
Global Cheese Awards 2018.
I found this cheese to be pleasant & enjoyable with a ‘does what it says on the tin’ type of description with it being rich & buttery, although some may find that it lacks the strong pungency of washed rind cheeses that people search for. That being said if you are a beginner to washed rind cheeses this would be perfectly acceptable and you can add it to a cheese board with light fruits & honey or served on warm bread for something different. A special mention must also go to Elite Imports for the kind email and images of use in this post.
Have a cheesy weekend!