Epoisses is famous in the cheese world for being one of France's strongest washed rind cheeses.
Regardless of its ripeness, it is always full-flavoured and relatively strong-smelling. If it is quite ripe, which isn't uncommon if you are buying it in Canada, it can be runny and relatively powerful on the olfactory senses. Epoisses is not for the faint of heart. If you know someone who says they love cheese, but they really mean they love cheddar, then this is not for them!
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