Explorateur - cow's milk cheese, soft ripened, triple cream and bloomy rind - 4.4 oz/125 gr, France.
Invented in the 1950's and named in honor of the first US satellite, Explorer, this cheese is firm, creamy with a grainy feel. It has a delicate aroma and a slight salty, mushroomy tang.
The affinage takes two weeks and gives it a bloomy Brie-like crust, bone-colored paste, buttery texture, very rich, smooth, very big flavor.
Compliments: Goes well as a spread on crackers or toast. This cheese also makes a good appetizer.
Appropriate wine: Champagne.
Fat in Cheese: 75%