Where: Abondance, Chablais, Haute-Savoie, France
Shape: wheel, ~22lbs
Flavor: initally sweet and acidic with a long-lingering slight earthy, mushroomy bitterness
A protected name/cheese whose manufacture is closely guarded since its AOC designation in 1990, Abondance’s origins go back to the 14th century in the region of the same name. Click for a full-on dose of cheese-geekery (in French).
Similar in texture and a bit so in taste to yesterday’s cheese, Rimrocker, Abondance is a little richer and more complex in flavor, especially the lingering albeit slight earthiness.
It’s excellent sliced for sandwiches or used in recipes as you might gruyere.
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