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Thursday, January 23 2020

Magie de Madawaska

By: Allison Spurrell
The magical cheese of Quebec.

Cheese Name: Magie de Madawaska Origin: Made in Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Quebec at the Fromagerie le Détour.

Cheese Name: Magie de Madawaska

Origin: Made in Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Quebec at the Fromagerie le Détour. This cheesemaker makes a variety of cheeses in cow, sheep, and goat’s milk, including the much loved and lauded Grey Owl.

Milk Type: Cow’s milk

Style: Soft Mixed Rind, which is a combination of an early washed rind processing that is then allowed to finish ripening with a bloomy rind.

Description: The paste of this cheese seems to always be deliciously oozy when we open it. The interior is a lovely deep straw colour and the crust has a light orange, almost slightly pink hue to it.

The cheese is called Magie, (magic in English) as an ode to how the art of cheesemaking changes milk into something magical.

Tasting Notes: Typical of a mixed rind cheese, the Magie had some of the earthy funkiness of a washed rind, and a grassy note at the end.

The paste is very rich and buttery in texture and the rind has just a touch of the pleasant sandiness that is common to washed rind cheeses.

Pairing: The cheesemaker at Fromagerie le Detour suggests pairing a traditional Quebec Iced Apple Cider with a piece of Magie. I think a nice crunchy toasted baguette and some dried fruit would also be amazing. The cheese is so soft and lush that you don’t need much to compliment it.

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Written By: Allison Spurrell
Allison Spurrell
Allison Spurrell

les amis du FROMAGE is a family owned and operated specialty cheese store with two locations in Vancouver. With a carefully curated selection of local and imported cheeses, charcuterie and accompaniments, they also specialize in frozen soups and meals, all made in house using top quality ingredients. Founded in 1985 by the mother and daughter team of Alice and Allison Spurrell, les amis du FROMAGE is proud to still remain a family owned and operated Vancouver company after over 30 years in business. Current owners Allison Spurrell and Joe Chaput have come a long way since the original shoe-box sized store opened in Vancouver’s Point Grey neighborhood. You can rest assured that their mission is to continue the company’s reputation of offering the highest quality cheeses, cut to order, along with one-to-one customer service. Vancouver - 1752 West 2nd Avenue, BC V6J H6 Tel (604) 732-4218; Strathcona 843 East Hastings Street.V6A 1R8 Tel 604-253-4218. www.buycheese.com.