Roaring Forties Blue

Region: Kings Island, Australia
Milk: Cow
Texture: semi-soft

Produced on the tiny, pollution-free Kings Island near Tasmania, Australia, this cheese is named for the island’s brutal Roaring Forties winds, which have wrecked many ships on the island’s rocky coast. Cows feast on lush grass that supposedly germinated from the stuffing of shipwrecked mattresses. This cheese is made on the 40th parallel in Australia and it is considered one of the windiest places in the world. Hence the name “Roaring Forties”.

Roaring Forties Blue is a full-flavoured blue with a sweet, slightly nutty character, a rich mouth feel and good aftertaste. The rindless cheese is matured in its wax coating, which cuts off the oxygen supply, promoting its sweet and fruity flavour. The wax also assists in retaining the blue’s moisture, creating a smooth and creamy texture. It should convert anyone who’s had an experience with too-strong Roquefort.

Unlike typical French blue cheeses (e.g. Roquefort) made from ewe’s milk, Roaring 40’s Blue is made entirely from cow’s milk which gives it a milder taste. Roaring Forties is a full bodied blue with a honeyed, slightly nutty quality and great aftertaste. It is a rindless cheese, matured in wax, which helps it retain moisture and creates a smooth and creamy texture. A Roquefort style mould is used to create this singular and exciting cheese style.

Try pairing it with a smoky Australian Shiraz or a vintage port.