Product Type: Boursin Cheese
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When I was a youngster, there was a time when you could pop into tesco (or any other major supermarket) and pick and mix small cheeses, usually getting six for a pound. This trend seems to have died out now - I don;t know any supermarkets offering a cheesy pick and mix (bring it back!) but I do have fond memories of certain cheeses I tried that way - one of my favourites being Boursin .
The most well known variety of Boursin is of course the Garlic version pictured above . They do have several other varieties, but I personally have only tried the garlic and the black pepper versions .This review will focus on the Garlic variety, as it is the best known and the most readily available .
You can see for yourself what the outer packaging looks like Inside this rather attractive box is the cheese itself, wrapped lovingly in foil . Now, whilst this foil certainly helps keep the cheese fresh until it is opened, I have found that it does tear easily, and presents some difficulty in re-sealing the cheese - it seems that to get it to re-seal efficiently you have to squish the cheese a bit, and it gets stuck in the folds of the foil . For this reason, once opened I like to transfer it into a small tupperware container to avoid it being squashed. This gives the added benefit of preventing the garlic smell tainting everything in the fridge, something that does happen to me if I merely leave it in the foil .
The packaging does not mention how long it is safe to keep this cheese for once it is opened, so I choose to assume three days, which seems to be the standard advice on many products. The packaging does however recommend that to enjoy Boursin at it's best, you remove it from the fridge an hour before serving .
Which I never do . If the mood strikes me to have cheese, I want it now, not in an hours time . Yes, occasionally I'll decide that I might like a cheese platter after dinner and leave the cheese on the kitchen worktop accordingly, but in most cases, I eat it right from the fridge .
This cheese reeks of garlic. It's a very strong smell, and although this claims to be a cheese made with Garlic and Herbs, I can't really detect any other herbs than garlic in the smell . Perhaps if pushed I could vaguely say there might be a tiny hint of chive hidden in there somewhere, but I certainly couldn't be sure.
People serve their cheese in different ways - some like to just eat it alone, others on crackers, some on various breads, and some on toast . With this being a cream cheese, the option of eating this cheese on it's own isn't really there, although I have been tempted to dig in with a spoon occasionally, and my favourite way to enjoy this personally is smeared thickly over a good crusty bit of warmed french stick.
This creamy white cheese spreads thickly but easily. It is a little crumbly when you take some off to spread, so if you were to serve this to friends on a cheeseboard, I imagine it would look messy pretty quickly. It's a lovely pure white colour, and taking a bite, the flavour and texture are amazing .The texture is rich, divinely creamy, and a definite indulgence . You just know as you eat this that this is something decadent, something to be savoured and not just gobbled down in a rush . I eat mine right from the fridge, despite the packagings advice, and feel that when cool, it adds something refreshing to the creaminess . The cheese lingers in the mouth, the flavour sticking to the teeth.
And my word , what a flavour it is . The garlic comes through with a strong nip - Crisp, clear, and cleverly balanced with the creaminess of the cheese. If you like garlic, then this cheese is sure to delght, but I certainly would not recommend it to vampires . My breath DOES pong of garlic after eating this, and whilst neither myself or (luckily) my boyfriend dislike garlic, I imagine it is probably not the sort of breath you would generally want to have on a date, or perhaps at a job interview. So, brush your teeth after eating this!
This comes in 150g packages for £1.92 from my local supermarket, and according to the packaging there are 5 servings per packet, each with 120 calories and 13g of fat . Thats a lot of fat, but it's cheese, and high fat is only to be expected .
I would say the rich texture and flavour of this cheese make it more of an occasional indulgent treat than a regular purchase, but out of all the garlic cheeses I know, this is right up there with the best .