This soft, washed-rind farm cheese is now made from thermized milk. It presents a soft, herbal aroma and tastes of cream, butter and nut. Processed at the Lehmann cheese shop, the milk is drawn from the Lehmann farm’s herd of Brown Swiss cows. The farm is very conscientious about the care they provide both to their animals and to their pasture. The brown cow is thought to be the oldest dairy breed and is renowned for its ability to transform grass and hay into very rich milk, which provides a cheese yield of exceptional quality.
The Kénogami road itself was the first link between Saguenay and Lac-Saint-Jean. The Lehmann cheese shop is located on that historic road and the owners decided to name their cheese Kénogami to underline their attachment to their adopted home.
It is available from the cheese maker, at specialty grocery stores and cheese shops as well as from some supermarkets.
Awards and distinctions
The Kénogami won the best washed-rind cheese as well as best cheese in all categories at the 2009 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix. It also won the public’s choice award at the 2002 Sélection CASEUS.