Abbaye de Tamie

IMG_1024By Allison Spurrell

Made by monks since 1133

I thought I would write about one of my favourite cheeses. Abbaye de Tamié is a medium-textured washed rind cheese, which is a typical style of the Trappist cheeses made throughout Europe. This cheese is anything but typical though. The Abbaye Notre-Dame de Tamié is located in the mountainous Savoie area on the eastern edge of France. The Cistercian monks who live there are part of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (also known as Trappists). They consider themselves a “contemplative order” and they spend much of their day praying, worshipping and working, much of it in quiet…

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