02/06/2015 04:32 pm ET Updated Apr 08, 2015

These Booze-Washed Cheeses Will Change Your Life

The Daily Meal

In the world of cheese, there are a handful of distinct varieties: fresh cheeses, like Boursin; aged cheeses, like Parmigiano-Reggiano; bloomy-rind cheeses like Brie; and finally, the washed-rind cheeses. These complex beauties are usually stinky, creamy, luscious, a little bit funky... in other words, all the things we look for in cheese.

Washed-rind cheeses come in many varieties; some are creamy and others are quite hard, some are sold whole in round wooden containers and others come in blocks. Some washed-rind cheeses are rubbed with a simple brine, but others are actually bathed in booze. Here are five booze-washed cheeses that you should definitely, definitely seek out.


This legendary (and legendarily stinky) cheese is washed in a brine that's been infused with a local brandy, Marc de Bourgogne. Sold in a little wooden box, it should be left out for a couple hours before eating in order for it to come to room temperature. It's so luscious that it can (and should) be eaten with a spoon.


You may know Chimay only as a producer of beer, but they actually sell a variety of cheeses that have been washed with that beer, too, and they're good. That's right: they went there.

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Stinking Bishop

This creamy, light orange cheese is washed in a pear brandy. The name of the variety of pear that the brandy is made with? Stinking bishop.

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Capriole Dairy's O'Banon

To make this cheese, fresh goat cheese is wrapped in chestnut leaves and washed -- nay, soaked -- in bourbon. The bourbon gives it a rich, woody flavor that doesn't at all overpower the goat cheese.

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Vulto Creamery's Miranda

Believe it or not, this cow's milk cheese is washed in Absinthe. The green fairy imparts a bright, herbal finish, and the flavor is rich and complex.

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-Dan Myers, The Daily Meal

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