Of course, it’s no easy task to describe such a complex and unique experience as Västerbottensost. But we’re going to try. Then you can compare this with your own ideas and see if they match. It will also give you the chance to show off in front of your dinner guests if you choose to!
The smell of Västerbottensost is usually described as aromatic, with an undertone of truffle. Its texture is delicate, crystal-like and succulent.
The cheese has a characteristic pungent taste which is most apparent when there is perfect balance between the sourness of the cheese and the sweetness of the milk. By the way, pungent is a word which in the context of food can mean sharp, bitter or harsh, which is useful to know.
Västerbottensost has a rich sweetness with a hint of caramel. Apart from its obvious saltiness, fruitiness and sourness are clear components of its powerful, rustic flavour. Furthermore, Västerbottensost has elements of umami, the fifth basic taste.