Tomme Saint Georges
Tomme is a generic category of cheese produced in the French and Swiss Alps made from cow, ewe, or goat milk. They are usually made from the skimmed milk and are usually low in fat. Tomme Saint Georges is a semi-soft sheep's milk cheese that is aged from 3 to 6 months and is named after the French town of Saint Georges which is named after Saint George of Saint George and the dragon fame. The cheese has an earthy, sweat sock sheepy smell. The cheese paste has an aged ivory color and no eyes. It is semi-soft, elastic with a slight stickiness to the paste. There is a little graininess and it falls apart when you try to roll it into a ball. It cuts like butter. The cheese tastes better than it smells. It is delicious - rich, buttery, a hint of fruit, and a trace of tangy tartness. I am drinking this with an Omni Hue Hefe, a German style wheat beer that is between a German hefeweizen and an American wheat. The beer's banana and bread flavors complement the cheese and the beer does not get in the way with the cheese's flavors. A more German hefeweizen or a more characterful beer might pair better. I rate the cheese 85 and the pairing 80.