What is the stinkiest cheese in the world?

Cheese is one of the most commonly used and one of the most favorite foods among many people throughout the world. Cheese has the ability to turn a bad day into a great one. Adding cheese to a portion of food makes it tastier. And also cheese is full of nutrition. 

There are a lot of different types of cheeses in the world. And some of them are very smelly and stinky. Even though they are stinky they are very tasty and some of them are very popular among the foodies all around the world. So we made a list of the stinkiest cheeses on earth.

Here are the top 15 stinkiest cheese in the world

1. Limburger 


Limburger is a semi-soft cow’s milk cheese. It is originated from the historical Duchy of Limburg. And now it is mostly produced in Germany, Netherlands, and Belgium. This cheese is one of the most popular among all the stinky cheeses. It is undoubtedly the first cheese when they think of “smelly cheese”. 

Limburger cheese is popular among people as a cheese that smells like human feet. This cheese is pasteurized using Brevibacterium Linens. It is a bacterium that caused its strong human feet-like odor. But that odor makes sure that the cheese won’t mold. Limburger cheese goes well with rye bread or crackers and beer. 

2. Epoisses de Bourgogne 

Epoisses de Bourgogne

This is said to be a favorite cheese of Napoleon. It is one of the stinkiest cheeses you can find. It is soft, washed-rind cow’s milk cheese. This cheese is made in a village called Epoisse in France. It is first made by the monks in the 16th century and then passed recipe to local farmers. Its rind is washed by a brandy called Mark de Bourgogne. This cheese is banned from public transportation all over France and banned altogether in the U.S. It goes well with a crusty toasted baguette with a Belgian white ale or with Chardonnay. 

3. Camembert 


Camembert is a soft, moist, creamy, and surface-ripened cow’s milk cheese. It is rich in chemicals like ammonia, sodium chloride, and succinic acid. This cheese has an aromatic smell and also can be compared to Garlic, barnyard, and ripe laundry-like smell. It isn’t pasteurized traditionally and left for 3 weeks to mature. It was first made in the 18th century in France. Fresh cheese from this type is bland, hard, and crumbly in texture. Young Camembert has a milky and sweet taste. It has a rich buttery flavor. You can enjoy this cheese with crackers or bread and preserves or honey. 

4. Taleggio Cheese 

Taleggio Cheese

This cheese was named after the valley of Val Taleggio. It is a semi-soft, washed-rind, smear-ripened Italian cheese. This cheese has a thin crust and it has a strong smell but it is not too bad as other stinky cheeses. Some factories add spices and nuts to improve the flavor. And also it has a mild and fruity tangy flavor. It is becoming more and more popular on the national level. This cheese often goes with salad, risotto, and pasta with red or white wine. 

5. Stinking Bishop 

Stinking Bishop

This cheese is a washed-rind cheese. And it is produced in 1972 by Charles Martell and Son at hunts Court Farm in the southwest of England. Stinking Bishop cheese is made from the milk of Gloucester cattle after washed with Stinking Bishop pear juice and aging time of 4 months. It makes the rind orange and really smelly. The smell of this cheese is popular in the UK as it has a very creamy and strong taste. This cheese goes with roasted potatoes. 

6. Pont-L’Eveque Cheese 

Pont-L’Eveque Cheese

This is a French cheese that originated from Pont-L’Eveque, Normandy, France. It is the oldest Norman cheese that is still in production and it dates back to the 12th century. It is an uncooked, unpressed cow’s milk cheese. It has a soft, creamy pale yellow in color and a smooth, fine texture. It also has a pungent odor and spot as one of the smelliest cheeses. It is surrounded by a washed-rind that is white with a gentle orange-brown color. It is one of the most popular cheeses in France. It goes well with Merlot.  

7. Munster cheese 

Munster cheese

This French cheese is named after the monastery, Munster. It is an unbearably strong-smelling soft cheese with a subtle taste. It comes from the region of Munster, France. This cheese is made from unpasteurized cow’s milk, called crude milk after maturing for 4 to 6 weeks. It was first produced in monasteries. This cheese goes well on a sandwich with spicy cured meat to hold up its intense flavor and with white wines. 

8. Torta del Casar 

Torta del Casar

This is a Spanish cheese made from sheep’s milk. It is named after its originated city, Casar de Caceres. The milk was curdled using a coagulant. Ingredients of this cheese give it a subtle bitterness as well as a rich and salty taste. It is matured for at least 60 days. And a fully riped cheese has a creamy center. It is traditionally eaten by slicing off the top and scooping out the inside. 

9. Maroilles Cheese 

Maroilles Cheese

This is a cow’s milk cheese that was made in northern France. It has a moist orange-red washed rind and a strong smell. It is named after the village it originated from, Maroilles. It is a soft cheese with washed-rind and it has an aging process of 2 – 16 weeks. 

10. Pecorino Cheese 

Pecorino Cheese

This is a hard Italian cheese made from sheep’s milk. The name simply means “Ovine” or “of sheep” in Italian. there are six main varieties of Pecorino cheese which defer depending on how long they have been aged. The more mature cheeses are harder but still crumbly in texture and have decidedly buttery and nutty flavors. The other types have a softer texture and milder cream and milk tastes. It is often used with pasta dishes. 

11. Brick Cheese 

Brick Cheese

This cheese is from Wisconsin, US. It is a medium soft cheese. It has colors ranges from pale yellow to white. Young cheese has a sweet and mild flavor. And matured cheese has a strong, ripe texture and smell. 

12. Ardrahan Farmhouse Cheese 

Ardrahan Farmhouse Cheese

This cheese is a semi-soft washed rind cheese originated from Ireland. It is made pasteurized cattle milk and aging between 4-8 weeks. It has an earthy, farmhouse taste and aroma, and also a zesty tang enhances the rich buttery and meaty flavor. Ardrahan Farmhouse cheese has a deep yellow interior, a smooth texture, and an edible, full-bodied rind. 

13. Roquefort 


This cheese is a sheep milk cheese made in the south of France. It is one of the world’s best-known blue cheeses. According to the legends it is discovered by accident. A man forgot his cheese sandwich in a cave and when he returns months later he found that the cheese had become moldy and delicious with a strong stinky odor. So today the cheese is made aging in those same Roquefort caves. It is one of the most sought-after cheeses in the world. Until recent times, it is banned in countries like new Zealand and Australia. This cheese is dangerous as it is tasty. Because the milk is not pasteurized, there’s a possibility of listeria infection. It can be deadly for some people and pregnant women can lose their babies too. 

14. Brie de Meaux 

Brie de Meaux

It is a French brie cheese of the Brie region. This is a very creamy cheese, covered with a thick white mold crust that should be eaten not throwing away. It is made from cow’s milk. The interior of this cheese is straw-yellow in color, creamy and soft. 

15. Stilton Cheese 

Stilton Cheese

This cheese is made in Britain. It is a variety of blue cheese because it has penicillium in it. It is made from pasteurized cow’s milk and can be easily recognized by the blue veins. It goes well with nuts, bread, and crackers. It has a strong and spicy taste. It is considered hard cheese. 

So, these are the top 15 stinkiest cheese in the world. What do you think of this list? Leave a comment down in the comment section. And don’t forget to share on social media. 

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