This is a semi-soft, uncooked pressed cheese with a smooth, pinkish-copper washed rind, which with repeated washings becomes stickier with age. Made from pasteurized milk, the cheese is surface-ripened for several months to develop a complex aroma. Its cream-coloured interior melts in your mouth and has a full, lingering and effervescent flavour of fruity cream and fresh, refreshing, somewhat tart apples, with notes of farm-fresh milk and a hint of hazelnut.
Cantonnier St-Raymond is available from the cheese maker, at specialty grocery stores and cheese shops, and in most supermarkets.
Awards and distinctions
2016 Sélection Caseus competition finalist, in the Semi-soft Cheese with a Washed, Mixed or Natural Rind class.
2015 2nd prize winner and 2006 1st prize winner at the British Empire Cheese Show, Smear Ripened Cheese category.
2010 3rd prize winner at the American Cheese Society competition, in its category.