La Noix d’Argental
- Animal Rennet
- Age: 42 Days
- Cow Milk
“Noix” means nut in French, which is a fitting name for a cheese that’s washed in walnut liquor. The result is an almond-colored paste with a toothsome, creamy texture and inviting notes of freshly baked bread, toasted walnuts, and butterscotch. It’s mild, but don’t let that fool you—this French cheese can hold its own on a cheese board. Pair it with another favorite from France like Fabrique Delices Saucisson Sec for a well-rounded, regional plate.
Allergens: Eggs, Milk, Tree Nuts
- Washing cheese dates back to the 16th century.
- Cheese is washed for a number of reasons. It affects the rind’s appearance and color and can impact the texture and taste of the cheese. This process also supports the growth of specific bacteria and mold.
- Most washed cheeses are washed in a brine made from the cheese’s whey. Washing cheese in wine or beer, however, is not unusual and imparts the beverage’s flavor into the cheese, as it does here. Monks in France began the tradition of washing cheese in alcohol—using the beer or liquor they had on hand to develop more complex flavors in the cheese.
- The baked bread and butterscotch flavors in this cheese pair well with the caramel notes in Mitica Moka Pecans, and the succulent tang in Black Cherry Confit.
Welcome to the dark side of beer. Porters and stouts are born of heavily roasted malted barley, which colors the beer and develops toasty flavors recalling chocolate, coffee, and chicory. Looks can be deceiving, though, as dark doesn’t always mean strong. Porters and stouts can be incredibly light in body or big boozy affairs that pour like syrup.