Grey Owl is a surface-ripened goat’s milk cheese by Fromagerie Le Detour in Notre-Dame-du-Lac, Quebec. This delicious cheese is named after the revolutionary conservationist Archibald Belaney who was fondly known as Grey Owl for his fascination with Native American culture.
This visually tempting cheese is made with non-animal rennet and pasteurised milk. On the outside, the vegetal ash endows the cheese with a wrinkly, dark, slate-coloured and piquant smelling edible rind. As you cut the cheese into wedges, the snow white paste immediately strikes a contrast with the cloak of a rind. The interior paste is firm, crumbly and dense, softening at the edge of the rind. As it melts in your mouth, the smooth and silky texture of the cheese offers pleasing sharp and lemony flavours that go perfectly well with a dry Riesling or a nice crisp dry Sauvignon Blanc.
It is a phenomenal cheese. I had no knowledge of it. My husband brought it home and also really had no idea what he had found. After unwrapping and letting it come to room temperature, I was so fascinated by the whisps.. so puzzling but really like katsuobushi! The feathers/whisps retained their integrity as well, after a day or so. The interior was so lovely. Such a lovely goat’s milk. Really is a cheese that needs wide circulation! Or maybe not… I want all of it!
Tabetha Rosenberg –
I had a chance to experience this lovely cheese as my dessert choice at St. Lawrence Restaurant in Vancouver. It was so incredible I immediately asked for its name and went looking for it at Les Amies du Fromage. If you like goat cheese, this is by far the most decadent one I have ever tasted.
My first choice for a cheese when hosting people—regardless of the type of event or menu.
Paul Shubin –