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jupiter | Apr 30, 2003 10:41 PM

so i went to my regular cheese guy on the way home and i noticed that he had three rounds of explorateur in the case. next to the saint andre.
so of course, i have to get one, and now i am eating it and i have to wonder, is this what it is supposed to be like?
all the descriptions on line that i can find of this cheese say that it is a "luxurious triple cream", and the cheese i am eating is quite good, but i want to make sure it isn't bad so i will describe it to you.

The aroma is that nutty cheese smell that certain aged gouda's might get or a stinky brie, the texture is the cross between a spreadable goat cheese and almost vaguely resembling cream cheese, the taste is tangy and nutty at the same time and not unpleasant at all. I know that sometimes saint andre will get like this texture at some parts and then get runny at other parts....does this have to do with the age or the process or what?
am i getting the full experience of this cheese?
i am not going to compalin about the taste because it is quite good, but i want to make sure that this is what it is supposed to be like.

any information would be helpful.

the cheese guy was on the phone and i was in a rush so i couldn't quiz him on the cheese as normal but he did stop talking on the phone long enough to let me know that his having this cheese is rare and "i only get it when it can be expressed overnight form france and i know i can get sell it..."
he has not steered me wrong with cheeses before, so just enlighten me if you can....

Thanks in advance,
cheesed out Jupiter

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