Made from pasteurized goat's milk
Country of origin: Canada
Region: Noyan, Quebec
Type: semi-soft, artisan
Fat content: 24%
Flavour: milky, nutty
Producers: Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser
Alternative spellings: Le Tomme du Haut Richelieu
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Tomme du Haut-Richelieu, simply called as Richelieu, is a Canadian cheese made by cheesemaker Fritz Kaiser in the late 90s. The cheese shares an interesting invention story which had the fromagerie in two minds over the extra goat milk they received to make its soft cheese Chevrochon. So Kaiser decided to use the additional goat milk to make a firmer cheese that would have a longer shelf life and a good ageing possibility.
Thus was born Tomme du Haut-Richelieu, a firm cheese which has a pale orange, smooth washed rind covered in a thin, white mould. Inside the paste turns a soft beige at the wheel edge, lightening as it centres towards the middle. The aroma is hay like with a nutty and milky flavour. It has a typical yet subtle goaty tang and a melt-in-the-mouth taste that intensifies as the cheese ages.