Until recently, Ruaridh's family were best known for a simple, traditional Caboc ( an Irish cream cheese rolled in toasted pinhead oatmeal) allegedly made from a recipe of family ancestor and originator of Caboc, Mariota de Ile, daughter of The MacDonald, Lord of the Isles. It's all very "Europe, where the history comes from" and very delicious.
Colorouge is a natural rind cheese that is "smeared" by hand, meaning, rubbed to help along the development of the special rind characteristics. It's like the little sister of Epoisses, a cheese whose rind is washed in brandy and so pungent it's allegedly banned from French public transportation. But apparently women are also not allowed to wear pants in public too, so, as long as they have their priorities straight. Soft and creamy with mild buttery overtones, this cheese gains a bit of spice with age. When you open it, the scent will smack you in the face, but it quickly dissipates so stay strong, it's worth it. Very luxurious and rich, I love it paired with some tart berry compote.
This makes perfect sense: Besace Affine translates to "old bag" in French, and it does look like one, doesn't it? Originating from Provence, which is known for sweeter goat cheese, Besace Affine has a sweet, aromatic center surrounded by a salty, dense rind which adds some lovely acidity for balance. Gorgeous with a bit of honey and black pepper.