Brie the king of cheeses
What does Brie taste like?
For a start, there are obviously several kinds of Brie. The most famous is Brie de Meaux.
Like most foods, the origin and quality of the raw material (milk) is of primary importance.
Then there's the expertise of the cheesmaker, and the way the cheese has been shipped and stored by the retailer.
There are also two important final factors: serving temperature and the degree to which the cheese is aged.
When of excellent quality and properly aged, Brie does a very clever balancing act between the bland, unctuous taste of many dairy products *plus* the beginning of a pungent, "funky" flavour.
One of the reasons that Brie is the king of cheeses is because it complements rather than overwhelms fine wines if it hasn't been left to age too long.
To me, Brie is like caviar or oysters. It is sublime "as is" without any recipe or doctoring.