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This cheese is nicknamed “The Colonel” because of the five bands that encircle the cheese resembling the shoulder stripes of a colonel’s uniform. It is produced in Normandie, Northern France from raw milk from the Normandie cow (although our recipe will call for pasteurized milk from any breed of cow). It is believed to have been created by monks about 700 years ago, and now is made by only one dairy, La Fromagerie Graindorge. Originally this cheese was made with a lower butterfat milk, and while aging became quite soft and gooey, hence the need for the bands to help hold the wheel’s form. Nowadays, it’s made with a higher fat milk and the bands are mainly decorative and a nod to tradition. This washed rind cheese is heavy on aroma and flavor.