This semi-soft cheese is made with pasteurized milk and features a brine-washed rind. OKA Classique is made from specially selected OKA cheese wheels that are aged for over 60 days in the original cellars of the Cistercian Abbey located in OKA. This extended ripening period as well as the additional washing of its rind add to its maturity and give OKA Classique its pungent taste and characteristic aroma.
OKA cheese has been made since 1893 and is considered to be the oldest Quebec cheese. It has been made by the Agropur cooperative since 1981, when the cooperative bought the famous Fromagerie Oka from the monks. The cheese owes its existence to Alphonse Juin, a cheese maker originally from France, who advised the monks to make cheese in order to remedy their financial woes and thereby ensure their survival. As for OKA Classique, it was launched in 1996 and differs from the regular OKA in that it is ripened for twice as long.
OKA Classique is available at the Abbey store and in most speciality cheese shops and supermarkets.
Awards and distinctions
Finalist at the 2015 and 2014 Sélection Caseus competition in the Semi-soft Cheese with a Washed, Mixed or Natural Rind class. OKA Classique placed 2nd in the surface-ripened cheeses category at the 2010 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.