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Top 10 Stinkiest Cheeses in the World

Here is a list of the Top 10 Stinkiest Cheeses in the World.

10. Taleggio

Taleggio

It’s not the prettiest cheese to look at but, unlike most stinky cheeses, Taleggio really doesn’t smell so bad. Appreciated for its strong taste and soft texture, this Italian cheese is becoming more and more popular on a national level and it’s even getting ready to make its debut on foreign markets.

9. Stilton

Stilton

Blue Stilton has been called the king of English cheeses on more than one occasion and if you subscribe to “the smellier the better” school, you’ll definitely want to try it. The texture of this British cheese varies from hard and crumbly to very soft, almost butter-like, depending on how mature it is. The older the cheese the softer and smellier it is.

8. Stinking Bishop

Stinking Bishop

One of the oldest types of cheese in the world, Stinking Bishop dates back to the time of the Cistercian monks. It’s produced out of pasteurized Gloucestershire cows milk and then washed with Stinking Bishop Pear juice, which makes the rind orange and really sticky.


7. Limburger

Limburger

Mainly produced in Germany, Limburger is perhaps the most popular of all smelly cheeses. It is fermented using Brevibacterium linens, a bacterium partly responsible for the smell of the human body. As a result, when people say Limburger smells like human feet they are scientifically correct.

6. Roquefort

Roquefort

One of the most sought-after cheeses on the planet, Roquefort was banned in countries like Australia and New Zealand until recently. Produced out of raw sheep’s milk and matured in caves around the small village of Roquefort, Southern France, this stinky dairy product is as dangerous as it is tasty. Because the milk is not pasteurized, there is a risk of listeria infection, which can be deadly for some people and could cause pregnant women to lose their babies.

5. Brie de Meaux

Brie de Meaux

Just for the record, this is not the kind of pasteurized-milk Brie that you can find on the American market. We’re talking about the original, raw cow’s milk Brie that the French love so much. It’s a very creamy cheese, covered by a thick, white mold crust which true cheese-connoisseurs say should be eaten, not thrown away.

4. Epoisses

Epoisses

One of Napoleon’s favorites, Epoisses is definitely one of the smelliest cheeses you can find. Just so you get an idea of its repulsive odor, you should know that Epoisses has been banned from public transportation vehicles all over France. It is made from raw cow’s milk and its rind is washed with pomace brandy.


3. Munster

Munster

This French cheese is often called “Monster Cheese” due to its unbearable odor. It comes from the French region of Alsace where it’s produced from raw cow’s milk and left to mature in damp cellars. Its rind is washed regularly with salted water.

2. Camembert

Camembert

Rich in chemicals like ammonia, sodium chloride, and succinic acid, Camembert de Normandy smells like the secret project of a chemical company. Made from unpasteurized cow’s milk and left to mature for 3 weeks, Camembert is a soft, runny cheese normally eaten with a spoon.

1. Pont l’Eveque

Pont l'Eveque

This smelly French delicacy is one of the oldest known types of cheese, dating back to the 13th century. To be honest, it smells like it’s that old too. This is the kind of food you want to keep wrapped-up in the fridge unless you want everything else smelling like it.


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  • I’m french. Your article is basically BS. Number 4 (Epoisse) is waaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy stinkier than number 1 (Pont l-éveque).

    But, what can you expect from an article about food when it’s written by an American website ?

  • Regarding Camembert, neither sodium chloride nor succinic acid have odors… Sodium chloride is regular old table salt for that matter

  • all bs … you guys really have to do your homework, all those cheeses in regard of smell
    are not even in the top 100. just to mention a few smelly ones Harzer Kaese, tilsitter, de vielle,

  • This article is so off base when it comes to “stinky” cheeses, that I don’t know what to say. It’s as though the author just listed 10 cheeses they think might smell bad based on the fact that they’re blue’s or famous. Camembert hardly has a smell and it’s among the mildest cheeses one can eat, for example.

    • If you have consumed the normal kind of camembert, you are right. But if you had a chance to bing some camembert du normandy tripple wrapped on a flight from paris to a location as near as 4 hours flight home, you would not be so brave to smell it. Its smell would probabely disgust anyone around you.

  • i had some cheese last pm at a friends house and he said it was munster. all i can say is it smelled like sewage and tasted like garbage.

  • L’éclat de nuit and – frankly – the one and only, ‘horrible’ “Rässer Appenzeller” cheese. A 1/4 fat cheese that has been riped over months and is my all time most smelly and ‘strongest’ cheese ever.

  • Hands down Maroilles is the world’s stinkiest cheese… There’s even a movie about it….. I’m eating it now, but after my meal i’m having to throw away my refrigerator it smells so bad.

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