What’s wonderful on a cold night? Casa Noble Tequila and French cheese.
All photos by Peter Doyle
The other night I was invited to a tequila and cheese pairing event held at the French Cheese Board in New York City. Jose Hermosillo, the Founder of Casa Noble Tequila and Max McCullam, Maître Frommager at the French Cheese Board would show us, food, wine & spirits writers, the joys that occur when introducing luscious French cheeses with sophisticated Mexican Tequila. It would be a taste bud love fest.
The Casa Noble Crystal Tequila was paired with a Mimolette cheese aged 18 months to qualify as an Vieille. It is a gorgeous round cheese, sunny orange in color. The flavor is mild, with a hint of nuts. The pasteurized cow milk cheese comes from Nord Pas-de-Calais, and is the French version of Edam cheese.
The Époisses cheese was paired with the smoky, silky Casa Noble Reposado Tequila. The golden depths of the spirit harmonizes with the creamy, semi-soft, young pungent cheese. The cheese, favored by Napoleon, and made from pasteurized cow’s milk in Burgundy, won’t lose its notes or overwhelm a subtle liquour.
The third tequila, the Casa Noble Añejo Tequila was paired with Fourme d’Ambert. Blue viens of mold ran through the golden cheese. There are raw and pasteurized cow’s milk versions of this cheese. That night, we enjoyed the pasteurized one. The mold is added to the curd, then the cheese is pierced, to promote veining during ripening. When I looked at the cheese, I thought it would have the same strong bitter flavor of a bleu cheese. I was very wrong. It is a rich, slightly tangy, creamy cheese. It crumbles beautifully.
We had a chance to meet the “bonus round” cheese (I will always take time to meet a new cheese!), the Salers cheese. It’s made from raw milk. Buttery taste, firm texture with a silky feel.
The next time you have friends over, surprise them with one (or all) of the above pairings. The tequilas and cheeses are a tasty way to whet the appetite before a meal, and they’ll stand up on their own if you’re throwing a drinks party at your home. If you're in the New York Metropolitan area, you can shop at the French Cheese Board for the above mentioned and other cheeeses. Visit their site to learn more about French cheeses, find out their hours, events,and more.
Want to learn more about Casa Noble Tequila? Need a few cocktail recipes? They have that and more on their website.