Made from unpasteurized cow's milk
Country of origin: France
Type: semi-soft, smear-ripened
Fat content: 50%
Flavour: full-flavored, herbaceous, salty, smokey
Aroma: earthy, nutty, smokey
Synonyms: Cendre d'Aisy, Ashen Aisy
Aisy Cendre is a traditional French farmhouse cheese made from unpasteurised cow’s milk. The semi-soft cheese produced in Burgundy region of France is coated with a thick layer of ash that gives a distinctive flavour and aroma. Also known as Cendre d'Aisy, the ash or cendre in French, gives the cheese its name.
A washed rind cheese, mostly an Époisses, is matured by covering with oak or grapevine ash. Before and after rolling it with a coat of ash, the cheese is washed in marc de Bourgogne wine. Aisy Cendre takes a longer time to mature than normal cheeses, at least a month. As it ripens the pate softens but most cheese lovers enjoy a somewhat firm version of the produce.
The aroma of Aisy Cendre is strong and the flavour is aggressive. It is a very rich & creamy cheese with 50% fat content. The centre of the cheese is salty, chalky and almost white in colour. As it moves towards the ash covered rind, the cheese assumes a smoky flavour and smoother, creamier texture. The cheese is sold in small wheels, weighing 8 ounces each.
Aisy Cendre works well with fruits like apples and pears, celery sticks. It enhances the tasting experience for fruity, full-bodied Burgundy wine, Hautes Cotes de Nuits Villages or even a full-rounded beer.