Époisses de Bourgogne

Époisses is so stinky that it is banned on public transportation in France — a country usually tolerant of such aromas. Unbeknownst to me, my hosts in Bourgogne packed some really ripe cartons into my luggage for me to take back to London: it really was quite noticeable in the Tube but of course I played innocent. It’s like Marmite — either you like it or loath it — there is no in-between. It stands as one of my three favourite cheeses of all time and according to The Independent was Napoleon’s favourite.