What Makes Great Blue Cheese Crumbles?

Blue cheese is the perfect savory, rich addition to so many recipes. It’s important that you choose the best tasting one! High quality blue cheese crumbles have moderate blue cheese flavor and aroma. They are salty and sour. They are rich, creamy, and moist. Specifically, it’s a whitish cheese with blue-green veins, it appears moist and the crumbles can stick too one another. The cultured dairy aroma and flavor profiles have notes of earthiness, mushroom, brine, and hay. There should be no ammonia note. The cheese is salty and sour, with low intensities of sweetness, bitterness, and umami. The chunks are creamy, smooth, rich, and moist. They dissolve at a moderate rate.

Tasting terms

  • flavor

    A combination of a food's basic taste and its accompanying aroma, flavor is the distinctive taste of a food or ingredient while it is in the mouth. Along with aroma, appearance, texture and taste, flavor is one of the five dimensions considered by ChefsBest Master Tasters. Example: Chocolate chip cookies should have a moderate chocolate flavor accompanied by a slightly lower level of complex dough flavor that includes egg, flour, vanilla and brown sugar notes.

  • aroma

    The smell that emanates from food. Along with appearance, texture, flavor and taste, aroma is one of the five dimensions used to evaluate a product. Example: Brownies should have an aroma that includes chocolate as well as egg, toasty and sweet notes.

  • sour

    One of the basic tastes; often considered sharp, tart and acidic. Example: Lemon juice, vinegar and fermented foods often have a strong sour component.

  • umami

    One of the basic tastes; the savory flavor in meat and broths; sometimes an additive (MSG). Example: Natural Parmesan cheese, meats, seaweed, fish sauce and sesame exhibit an umami taste.