Different types of soft cheeses include Aspen Ash, Brie and Rheba. Soft cheeses generally have a high moisture content and range in taste from mild to pungent.
Aspen Ash is a kind of soft rind cheese that is covered in vegetable ash. The texture is light and creamy, and the flavor is acidic. This cheese is made from goat's milk, is white in color and has an earthy aroma. It pairs well with grapes, pears, raspberries and thin crackers.
Brie is a well-known French variety of cheese, and it is sometimes referred to as the "Queen of Cheese." It is named after the region in France where it was created.
True French Brie is different than the kind of Brie shipped to the United States. In France, Brie is fully matured, resulting in a more complex flavor. Exported Brie is never fully matured; therefore, it has a much longer shelf life. Brie is made from cow's milk, has a buttery texture and a strong aroma.
Rheba is a washed rind and soft-ripened cheese. It's made from a mixture of goat and sheep milk. This style of cheese is aged in caves, has an intense flavor and goes well with many dishes. Rheba is made in Yakima Valley in Eastern Washington state.