The Stinking Bishop is made from pasteurized cow’s milk whose rind is washed in perry, made from Stinking Bishop pears, as it ages.
- Stinking Bishop
- Dried Apricots
Where to Buy a Stinking Bishop
The only place I was able to find this cheese was through igourmet.com. I did however find that if you buy the cheese from igourmet.com through shop.com you will save a lot of money on shipping. That being said a small wedge still cost a little over $30. It arrived two day air and packed in a cooler with an ice pack to keep it from going bad.
Good Friends Stinking Cheese
Knowing that this cheese has a putrid smell, we decided to pull it out when we had our friends the Crutchfield’s over for dinner. We hadn’t seen the family in 6 months as they had been serving as missionaries in Sri Lanka. Welcome home, here’s some stinky cheese.
We started with some really good hamburgers, but after we cleared off the plates we brought out the cheese platter. I read that the cheese pairs well with dried apricots, so I picked a few of those up and had them on the cheese board with thin wafer crackers as well.
The cheese was double bagged. I’m assuming the outer bag is for keeping the cheese from spoiling, while the inner bag was an attempt to keep the smell inside. Upon opening the inner bag the smell started to infiltrate our home. The smell is reminiscent of one of Miles’ poopy diapers, no exaggeration. Which makes sense, because it smells like rotting milk. It hit me in the face and instantly caused a gag reflex. It didn’t help matters that the cheese doesn’t hold it’s consistency and is very soft/melty. It looks like something that is rotting.
I’ve never tried a stinky cheese before, and I remember since being a kid and seeing scenes in cartoons with Limburger cheese having green smell smoke come out of it, I thought it would be fun to try one. I really wanted to be grossed out by the smell, but then appreciate the taste. Unfortunately, I just didn’t care for the flavors or consistency of the cheese itself. It didn’t taste horrible, as it smelled, but I wouldn’t say it was good enough to enjoy over the stench.
A pro tip if you are going to try this for yourself is to let it air out after opening, and not stick your nose right into the package like I did.
Before braving this cheese we watched several YouTube videos of people trying it with varied outcomes. Mostly, it seemed that while the smell would knock you down, people enjoyed the taste. This was not the case in my experience. I thought it tasted so sulfuric, it reminded me of when we went to an indoor hot springs in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. The taste really lingered. I took one very small bite on a wafer cracker and, needless to say, did not go back for more.
As for our friends, it’s fair to say overall they were not fans. This felt like a “double dog dare,” as we tried it given the smell permeating our small dining area. While we had fun, and not everyone was as put off by this Stinking Bishop, probably not worth the $30.
Will Kids Like It?
No. Even Miles couldn’t stand the smell of the Stinking Bishop. The consistency and flavor of the cheese is not something that most kids will enjoy either.