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Esrom

Esrom
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  • Made from pasteurized cow's milk

  • Country of origin: Denmark

  • Type: semi-soft, artisan

  • Texture: open and supple

  • Rind: washed

  • Colour: pale yellow

  • Flavour: spicy, strong

  • Aroma: aromatic, pungent, rich, stinky

  • Vegetarian: no

  • Producers: Arla Foods

  • Synonyms: Danish Port Salut

Esrom or Danish Port Salut cheese is a Trappist-style traditional, creamery, semi-soft cheese made from cow's milk. The cheese is named after an abbey where Cistercian monks first made it in the 12th century. The recipe was rediscovered in the 1930s and has achieved quite a bit of popularity.

Said to be one of the top stinky cheeses in the world, Esrom indeed has a flavour that is quite rich, strong and aromatic. With ageing, the flavour and aroma get even stronger and spicier.

It is made in flat, rectangular shapes wrapped in foil. Open the cheese to reveal a yellow pate with a supple texture and uneven holes.

The bold flavours of the cheese go well with dark beers and red wines. It also tastes good when added to casseroles or sandwiches.

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