This semi-soft cheese made from pasteurized milk with a washed and brushed rind is ripened in the ripening rooms for nine weeks. Encased in a supple brown-orange rind, the cheese is yellowish in colour, with small holes and a smooth, supple texture, and features a layer of vegetable ash in the middle. It has milky, rustic, earthy and vegetal aromas. With a lingering taste, its mild flavours of cream, nuts and green apple become more enhanced with age.
Why the name Le Douanier? An interesting fact is that the Fritz Kaiser cheese maker is located just steps from the border between Quebec and the United States. The line of ash in the middle symbolizes the Lacolle border crossing.
It is available from the cheese maker, at specialty grocery stores and cheese shops as well as in supermarkets.
Awards and distinctions
2015 World Cheese Awards Gold medal winner, Rind Washed Cheese class (cheese not in other classes). Grand Champion award, as well as first prize class winner, at the 2004 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix.