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Bastille Day Cheese Tasting

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At our Bastille Day Cheese and Wine Tasting, there were ten cheese enthusiasts and six cheeses. Coincidentally, there were three French cheeses in honour of Bastille Day and three New Zealand cheese. I did a cheese and wine tasting back in 2011 which was a lot of fun. I can’t believe it’s been 2 years already. It’s a delicious, fun and good value entertainment.

I asked each guest to bring either  cheese or a red wine that they hadn’t tried before, with a price limit of $20.

Political discussions and strong opinions on gardening

Being the slightly crazy foodie that I am, everyone was encouraged to take notes on the wines based on some key points. Strong opinions and poetic license were held in high regard.

Our rating system from 0 to 10:

  • 0 = yuck
  • 5 = yeah-nah
  • 10 = yum

The scores have been averaged out and presented at the end of each set of notes below. Check back tomorrow for some entertaining reading on the wines we consumed.

IMPORTANT: These tasting notes for entertainment only reflect the opinions of non-professional, inebriated cheese munchers. Please take with a grain of salt and glass of wine. Only a fool would form firm opinions on a cheese based on this post.

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Brie Royal Aux Truffles

France

Looks like

  • volcanic molten lava oozing through the earth’s crust
  • almost a liquid

Smells like 

  • truffles
  • leaf mulch

Tastes like

  • dirty mushrooms
  • earthy
  • creamy goo

Goes well with

  • the good times, the bad times the inbetween times
  • red wine and crackers
  • the rest of your life

Yuck, yeah-nah or yum?

  • 8.25 out of 10 yum

Puhoi Valley Distinction Blue

New Zealand

Looks like

  • dick cheese
  • butter dropped on the floor and rolled in fluff

Smells like

  • a wet forest
  • a cupboard that’s been shut for a looooong time

Tastes like

  • Popeye’s pubes
  • creamy with a citrus aftertaste
  • not too strong, not too weak, yum

Goes well with

  • bro fists
  • bolshy drunks
  • high fives
  • grapes

Yuck, yeah-nah or yum?

  • 8 out of 10 yum

Puhoi Valley Double Cream Camembert

New Zealand

Looks like

  • an average white DJ

Smells like

  • nothing much

Tastes like

  • a typical soft cheese
  • milky

Goes well with

  • soft punches to the head

Yuck, yeah-nah or yum?

  • 8 out of 10 yum

Puhoi Valley Peppered Havarti

New Zealand

Looks like

  • an old eraser

Smells like

  • milk
  • not much

Tastes like

  • sweetness with a kick of pepper
  • lemony
  • tasty as fuck
  • peppery and a little tart

Goes well with

  • wine

Yuck, yeah-nah or yum?

  • 8 out of 10 yum

Fromager Des Clarines

France

Looks like

  • a pie
  • pastry
  • filo

Smells like

  • like milk straight from the cow
  • feral
  • horrible
  • sawdust
  • flour and water

Tastes like

  • a pair of socks that a goat has been wearing for 28 days
  • sweet cream
  • fermented beans
  • cleaning stuff
  • oozy champagne

Goes well with

  • political discussions
  • strong opinions on gardening

Yuck, yeah-nah or yum?

  • 5.3 out of 10 yeah-nah

Pont l’Evêque Marie Harel Saisof

France

Looks like

  • an old pavlova
  • pasta
  • mouldy with an orange tinge

Smells like

  • racism
  • rancid bin juice
  • toilet spray
  • damp clothes
  • old moist laundry
  • gumboots
  • sewer

Tastes like

  • bitter heartache
  • sticking plasters
  • mushrooms
  • an old sock with a creamy consistency

Goes well with

  • sad mix tapes
  • the bin
  • fisting

Yuck, yeah-nah or yum?

  • 1 out of 10 yuck

Other posts you might like:

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Bastille Day Wine Tasting

Cheese Tasting 2011

Cheese Tasting 2011

Photo courtesy of Vanessa F.

Wine Tasting 2011

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I am Genie, a designer/photographer obsessed with food and bunnies. I live in Auckland, New Zealand with my rabbit, Tofu and my husband, The Koala. I write about my hedonistic ways and I love the mantra "Eat well, travel often". I prefer not to write about myself in third person. www.bunnyeatsdesign.com

15 Comments

  1. colleenanderson says

    OMG! I almost skipped this post but I have to say the colourful comments had me snorting. This was funny! I think I’ll have to have just such a wine and cheese partay!

    • Hi Colleen, thanks for dropping by. It’s fun to have a commoner’s take on fancy occasions. I’m sure as a talented writer you could come up with some colourful comments too. Maybe you could even write a short blurb on each cheese afterwards incorporating the colourful comments.

  2. This is awesome. I laughed so hard!! I love a big stinky cheese so I don’t reckon Pont l’eveque goes well with fisting, but then, I’m not a true fan of fisting.

    You idiot.

  3. What a great idea. I’d LOVE to do this if I ever had any similarly crazy foody friends 😉
    I’m more than a little disturbed by the Puhoi Valley Distinction Blue … I’m amazed anyone tried it after those appearance descriptions!

    • Hi Trixpin! I think we often just eat without thinking too hard about how food looks or smells. It’s true that some of the descriptions are less than ideal. But I think everyone tasted every cheese and every wine. It’s good to have a smallish selection so everything can be tested. If you do have a tasting, please blog about it!

      • I agree – there’s nothing like having to analyse food to make you really savour it. And I’m sure the alcohol helps too …

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