The Top 5 Smelliest Cheeses on Earth

  Cheese Origin Aged Type of Milk Used
1 Vieux Boulogne Boulogne sur Mer, France 7-9 weeks. Rind is washed with beer. Cow's milk
2 Pont l'Evêque: AOC Normandy, France 6 weeks. Rind is washed with brine. Cow's milk
3 Camembert de Normandie: AOC Normandy, France 21 days. Soft, bloomy, rind. Cow's milk
4 Munster Alsace-Lorraine, France 3 weeks. Rind is washed with brine. Cow's milk
5 Brie de Meaux: AOC Île-de-France, France 4-8 weeks. Soft, bloomy, rind. Cow's milk
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Sources:  Dr. Stephen White: Cranfield University study.

List Notes: Research was conducted using an electronic nose, a device used in the food and drinks industry for quality control, and a panel of blindfolded judges. Fifteen cheeses were selected to be used in the study with the help of cheese experts in France and the UK. There was no obvious correlation between the age of the selected cheeses and smelliness, nor type of milk origin, although cow's milk cheeses did dominate the smell chart. The study was conducted in 2004. The abbreviation AOC means "Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée" which is a French certification granted to certain French geographical indications for wines, cheeses, butters, and other agricultural products.
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