made with raw ewe’s milk
Semi-firm, toasted rind, lightly pressed
Wheel dimensions: 9” diameter, 2.5” high, 3.0 kg wheels
Please note – Every wheel of Back Forty cheese is carefully crafted, cut and packaged by hand. As a result each wedge will slightly vary in size and weight. Wedge sizes are approximations based on our average wheel weight.
The rugged Bonnechere River and the mysterious Bonnechere Caves are unique landmarks of the Ottawa Valley. A distinct feature of our Bonnechere is the rind that is toasted over an open flame before aging. This painstaking process, traditional for certain Basque cheeses, imparts a delicious caramel essence which permeates the body of the cheeses as it ages, and provides a delicious contrast to the tangy and fruity body of the cheese.
TASTING NOTES: Semi-firm, palest yellow, with striking textured mahogany brown rind. Moderate aroma of smouldering wood: a characterful smoke. Balanced sweetness and salt with predominant acidity. Moderately long finish with flavours of citrus and slightly sour hickory smoke. Unique smoky nature is very well integrated. Ultimately a gentle but expressive cheese.
WINE: Baco Noir
BEER: Dark ale, smoked beer
Back Forty’s tasting notes and beverages suggestions are provided by Julia Rogers of Cheese Culture. Julia Rogers is a Toronto-based cheese educator, writer and event co-coordinator. Her website lists other recommended cheese and beverage pairs, and her e-newsletter is a source of news, lore and bite-sized reviews.