This organic, semi-soft cheese with a washed rind is made with thermized milk and ripened for two months. Under its orange, slightly humid and sticky rind with a humid cellar scent, an ivory-coloured cheese is revealed, one that has an even texture and mild, earthy aromas of butter and herbs. It is a creamy, melt-in-your-mouth cheese that tastes of hazelnut, cream, butter and leaves a slight clover aftertaste. The taste is slightly acidic and salty, but not bitter.
Baluchon has been made since 2004. The word “baluchon” is French for back pack. It was given its name because its creators wanted the cheese to have its place at every table, just like a seasoned world traveler.
The Baluchon is available from the cheese maker, at specialty grocery stores and cheese shops, and in most supermarkets.
Awards and distinctions
Sélection Caseus competition winner in 2016, Semi-Soft Cheese with Washed, Mixed or Natural Rind class, and 2014 Prix du public en région winner, Semi-soft Cheese class.
2016 Canadian Cheese Awards winner in 3 categories: Best Semi-Soft Cheese, Best Farmsted Cheese and Best Organic Cheese.
Winner of 3 honours at the Canadian Cheese Awards, including Cheese of the Year 2014.
Recipient of the École de laiterie prize at the 2009 Sélection Caseus and winner of the 2009 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix in the Organic Cheese category.