Grey Owl is a Canadian surface-ripened goat's milk cheese produced by Fromagerie Le Detour in Notre-Dame-du-Lac, Quebec. It is named after revolutionary conservationist Archibald Belaney, 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 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.