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Switzerland Cheese Marketing AG
Ambassador of Swiss flavors
Table of Contents Preface Cheese conservation Tasting objectives Tasting evolution Tasting standards Services The phases of the tasting Tactile phase
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Olfactory phase Determinant factors for cheese flavors Families of flavor Tasting phase Cheese evaluation Swiss Cheeses Impressum Contact
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Preface Dear Readers, First, let us thank you for holding in your hand a SwissTasting® product. It is an honor for us to share a part of our heritage with you.
decipher it, we have assembled the best experts and published this fantastic guide.
Allow us to have a few words on what motivates us. With SwissTasting®, we revisit old traditions without spoiling them ; it is simply an innovative way to rediscover Switzerland and its culture. We can look at this journey as the uninhibited expression of an aesthetic Switzerland that combines legend to modernity.
It remains for us to wish you, on behalf of all our partners and collaborators, an enjoyable read and an excellent tasting.
In this work, we show you, in an enjoyable and easily understandable way, the theoretical bases to carry out a tasting. Cheese is a living, complex and diﬃcult to understand product. To help you
Ignazio Cassis President
Arnaud Schaller Director
Cheese conservation Cheese is a living product ; its conservation is therefore limited in time. It is important to buy only the amount corresponding to your needs and desires to prevent it from losing quality. To ensure the best conservation possible, be careful not to pack the cheese in a plastic wrapping that does not allow it to breathe. You should always store it in a cool, ventilated place (refrigerator) and separate the cheeses to avoid odor and taste transfers.
Tasting objectives A tasting is above all a pleasurable experience to see if you like a cheese or not. However, tasting has other functions. It allows us, in particular, to evolve and implicitly improve our ability to judge the intrinsic characteristics of a cheese by putting into words the feelings and smells we experience. Finally, the tasting also provides a good reason to share and socialize around a common passion. This allows us to exchange, debate and sometimes to win tasting arguments. However, we must remain humble, sometimes accepting our ability to be wrong. Just like reading a book or listening to a song, there may be important diďŹ€erences in perception and interpretation.
Tasting evolution The easiest way to evolve your tasting techniques is to try them out as often as possible. It is, therefore, very important to : -
Taste types of cheeses from all regions and all price ranges Talk, discuss and share with other people Taste good and lesser cheeses in order to compare Keep your sense of smell constantly alert to store a maximum of aromas
It is important to note that the molecules present in cheese are the same we find everywhere in our environment. Some aromas may, therefore, be similar.