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Stinking Bishop

Paid a visit to Mike's place in Viadukt Markt Zürich today and came away with a glorious stash. Still grinning after the smoked Wensleydale and gorgeous creamy Godminster Cheddar. The caraway biscuits are a revelation with Brie.

But foolishly, probably swayed by the names of my favourite real ales, I took a punt on Stinking Bishop. Oh Good Lord! Has anyone actually managed to consume that stuff?
Whilst the taste is certainly rich and flavoursome, it still has to pass under one's nose.
Indescribable whiff! Imagine Baldrick's three-month-old underpants after a particularly humid summer. I ate at least a half jar of pickled onions to recover and my husband has gone to have a lie down.

Cheese, or chemical warfare? Has anyone else tried it? If not, please do. I'd love to compare notes.
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May I refer you to this post.....

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Re: Stinking Bishop

Strangely, the word "stinking" in the name, has nothing to do with the perfume of the cheese, but from the fact that it is washed (iirc) with the perry made from stinking bishop pears.
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Blimey! What do the pears smell of?
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Re: Stinking Bishop

I love Stinking Bishop . One of my favourite buys from Mike.

May need to pay a visit again as stocks run out about two days after coming back with about 5kgs of different cheeses
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I love Stinking Bishop . One of my favourite buys from Mike.

May need to pay a visit again as stocks run out about two days after coming back with about 5kgs of different cheeses
I respect your Acquired Taste resilience. I have never been so challenged by a foodstuff since a particularly fronty Camembert, Quimper 1998. Kept me and he up all night, and not in a good way.

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Re: Stinking Bishop

I must admit, the batch of Stinkers that I am selling at the mo are particularly.... er... pungent. Which is exactly how my Swiss customers like them.

Nuancer, I always say to my customers that if they don't like a particular cheese, even if there's nothing wrong with it, just tell me and I'll give you something else for free next time. All of my cheeses are "special" and as they are all hand made they do vary from batch to batch and with the different seasons.

If you want a slightly smelly cheese, I suggest St James from Cumbria. It's a washed rind raw sheeps milk cheese... all washed rind cheeses are smelly to a degree, but this has a sweetness that makes it very moreish.
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Blimey! What do the pears smell of?
The pears were probably picked by the Bishop of Bath and Wells - God knows where his hands have been.
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I must admit, the batch of Stinkers that I am selling at the mo are particularly.... er... pungent. Which is exactly how my Swiss customers like them.

Nuancer, I always say to my customers that if they don't like a particular cheese, even if there's nothing wrong with it, just tell me and I'll give you something else for free next time. All of my cheeses are "special" and as they are all hand made they do vary from batch to batch and with the different seasons.

If you want a slightly smelly cheese, I suggest St James from Cumbria. It's a washed rind raw sheeps milk cheese... all washed rind cheeses are smelly to a degree, but this has a sweetness that makes it very moreish.
Not at all. There was nothing wrong with it and I'm actually happy I tried it. Tastes differ and I'm glad they do. No complaints just amazement. I recall trying a Durian fruit and still cannot believe people could eat such a thing.

So Stinky Bishop ain't for me, but I'm delighted that I could encounter such an experience here thanks to you and your enterprise. Keep on pushing those boundaries. I'll be back for more experimentation soon.
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I must admit, the batch of Stinkers that I am selling at the mo are particularly.... er... pungent. Which is exactly how my Swiss customers like them.

Nuancer, I always say to my customers that if they don't like a particular cheese, even if there's nothing wrong with it, just tell me and I'll give you something else for free next time. All of my cheeses are "special" and as they are all hand made they do vary from batch to batch and with the different seasons.

If you want a slightly smelly cheese, I suggest St James from Cumbria. It's a washed rind raw sheeps milk cheese... all washed rind cheeses are smelly to a degree, but this has a sweetness that makes it very moreish.
And some of your non-Swiss customers too I'm lucky if I get to actually eat any as my little one wolfs it down before I get a chance (and she's barely three )
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Why's that then?
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Has anyone else tried it?
It must be some two years ago, but I still remember Slaphead's face when he did.
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When you wash the rind of a cheese (particularly soft ones) with alcohol or a salt and herb based brine, there is a reaction between the wash and the cheese that creates the stink. Swiss wash rind cheeses include Vacherin Mont d'or and Appenzeller, although the latter is a hard cheese and the reaction creates more spice than smell.
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Cheese, or chemical warfare? Has anyone else tried it? If not, please do. I'd love to compare notes.
You think that one's potent, you should try the Strathdon Blue I tasted at Neal's Yard Dairy in London on Saturday - I'm surprised the anti terror police haven't confiscated it as a source of weapons grade ammonia production!

Came away with a 400g hunk of Stichelton instead - happy days
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You think that one's potent, you should try the Strathdon Blue I tasted at Neal's Yard Dairy in London on Saturday - I'm surprised the anti terror police haven't confiscated it as a source of weapons grade ammonia production!

Came away with a 400g hunk of Stichelton instead - happy days
Strange, as Strathdone Blue should be quite a mild and creamy blue, certainly not challenging.

But Stichelton is amazing. There is a new food magazine being published in Zurich any day now and one of the first articles is about blue cheese. They did a blind tasting of 10 different blues from Switzerland, France, Italy and the UK with food writers and chefs.

Stichelton, that they bought from me, came first!
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Oxford Isis.

I almost puked when I ate that. I foolishly put the whole piece in my mouth and the next 2 minutes were excruciatingly long as I tried to eat it without puking...
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Oxford Isis.

I almost puked when I ate that. I foolishly put the whole piece in my mouth and the next 2 minutes were excruciatingly long as I tried to eat it without puking...
Hmmmm. When I need a new marketing manager, remind me not to consider your application.
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Oxford Isis.

The name should have made you think twice ;-)
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Hmmmm. When I need a new marketing manager, remind me not to consider your application.
Maybe you can copy the Marmite adverts...
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And some of your non-Swiss customers too I'm lucky if I get to actually eat any as my little one wolfs it down before I get a chance (and she's barely three )
Yours too? My eight-year old says that Stinking Bishop is his favourite cheese ever.

Bloody kids!
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