And The World's Stinkiest Cheese Is...

By Roland Piquepaille

If you ever came to France, you probably tested (and tasted) some -- very good -- cheeses that you were unable to buy back at home because of some European or other international regulations. If you have been one of these daring travelers, you surely noticed that some of these cheeses smell strong. The Cranfield University in the UK decided to find what was the world's whiffiest cheese. They used both human testers and an electronic nose consisting of a sensor array linked to a computer with specialized software. And the French cheese with the strongest smell is the 'Vieux Boulogne,' a relatively recent cheese from North of France, similar in taste with Boulette d'Avesnes or Maroilles. You can find this cheese -- and smell it -- in France or in London, but if you live elsewhere, forget about it. Read more...

Let's start with a basic introduction about the study.

Dr Stephen White, senior research officer Cranfield University led the study by using an electronic nose as well as a human olfactory panel to sniff out those with the strongest scent.
Fifteen cheeses were selected with the help of cheese experts in France and the UK and put through the smelly stakes. Dr Stephen White said:

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