This firm cheese featuring small holes and a brine-washed rind is made from pasteurized milk. A new experience in taste: L'Artisan artfully combines the renowned traditional OKA taste with the irresistible flavour and distinct look of a European-style honeycombed cheese. The best of both worlds on your plate!
Produced since 1893, OKA 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. Today, Agropur produces several varieties, including OKA L'Artisan and OKA L'Artisan Smoke.
OKA L'Artisan is available at the Abbey store and in most speciality cheese shops and supermarkets
Awards and distinctions
2016, 2015 and 2010 British Empire Cheese Show 1st prize winner, Smear Ripened Cheese class.
2016, 2015 and 2013 Sélection Caseus competition 1st prize winner, Firm Cheese with a Washed, Mixed or Natural Rind category.
2016 Canadian Cheese Awards 1st prize winner, Firm Cheese with Holes category.
2015, 2009 and 2008 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair 1st prize winner, Swiss or Emmenthal Cheese category.
2009 American Cheese Society competition 1st prize winner, in its class.