Hi, I live in the LA area but I'm posting to the SF board because, obviously, Cowgirl Creamery is up north. I had the chance to purchase the Red Hawk as well as the SF Drake cheeses at specialty food stores here in LA, but much to my dismay, I think both of them were bad. Now, I know that washed-rind cheeses are very "odorific," but being that I appreciate all cheeses, I'm quite certain that these were bad. I even attempted to taste one of them and all I could think was that the cheeses were rotting away, and most definitely not fit for human consumption.
So the question is: am I missing something here? Are the cheeses supposed to stink *that* bad? And more importantly, what is the shelf life of these cheeses (let's say, kept in the fridge in its original packaging).
Thanks in advance!