A semi-firm, washed rind cheese, Le 1608 uses milk from hardy Vache Canadienne cattle, whose ancestors were brought to Canada from France between 1608 and 1670. Considered an endangered cow, the majority of these animals are now unique to the Charlevoix region in Quebec. Today there are only about 500 Canadiennes left in North America.
Le 1608 is nutty at the rind and has a complex, fruity flavour that emerges from its melt-in-the mouth texture. It has a pleasant tang and long finish.