The Roaring Forties Bleu Cheese is one of my personal favorites. It is made in Australia by King Island Dairy.
It has won the following awards. Current Champion Blue cheese AGDA 2010 and Gold Medal – DIAA NSW 2010, EKKA 2010.
The King Island Website describes the cheese as follows:
“King Island Dairy Roaring Forties Blue is a full flavoured blue with a sweet, slightly nutty character, a rich mouth feel and good aftertaste. The rindless cheese is matured in its wax coating, which cuts off the oxygen supply, promoting its sweet and fruity flavour. The wax also assists in retaining the blue’s moisture, creating a smooth and creamy texture.
The cheese is named after the infamous Roaring Forties gales which frequently bring westerly winds of more than 100km per hour to the island which lies on 40 degrees latitude.”
This is the link to King Island Products.
This youtube video describes the pairing of Port with Roaring Forties Bleu Cheese. It’s a bit long but I thought it appropriate.
The Ports featured in the video are:
Warre’s 1983 Vintage Port ($64)
Graham’s 1980 Vintage Port ($89)
Dow’s 1994 Vintage Porto ($90)
I’m really glad you too like this Aussie cheese. If you can get your hands on them on your side of the world, other great Aussie cheeses from the south-eastern corner of the country are the Tarago Shadows of Blue (a much creamier, lighter blue than Roaring Forties but earth-shatteringly good when melted on gnocchi or spread on toasted ciabatta) and anything, I mean anything, from the Maffra cheese company.