Probably my favourite goat’s cheese, this semi-soft French cheese comes from from the Loire in middle France. Protected by AOC since 1990, the cheese is held together by a thin strand of rye straw which when young protects this delicate cheese during production. Dairies these days have to have their farm’s name or code laser engraved on the straw, this serves as a guarantee of the cheese’s quality and authenticity. If you remove the straw you should be able to see for yourselves. The fresh cheese is ashed giving it it’s wonderful blue/grey exterior and then ripened to produce a log which is creamy while packing a full-flavoured tang. The cheese itself is bright white, sometimes ivory developing a creamy ring at the outside as it ages.