Idiazábal Sheep's Milk Cheese, Lightly Smoked - 10 Ounces
- Deep, subtle smoked flavor
- From the heart of Basque country
- Aged 8 months
- Sheep's milk cheese
- Rich with a light sharpness
- Size - Approximately 9.5-10.5 oz/269-298 gr
Our Idiazábal cheese is made by a small family company in the heart of the Basque Country. A smoked unpasteurized sheep's milk cheese aged for 8 months, it gets a deep but subtle flavor from being smoked with hawthorn and cherry wood.
Traditionally, Basque shepherds would keep their flocks high in the Pyrenees Mountains throughout the spring and summer. In the early autumn, right after the first snows, the shepherds would appear in the villages below carrying with them the cheeses they made from the ewe’s milk all summer long.
To preserve the cheeses in the highlands they stored them by the chimneys of their mountain shelters, where they aged and naturally smoked.
This Denomination of Origin raw sheep’s milk cheese is hardwood smoked, coloring the outer rind from orange to a nutty brown. The smoke gently permeates the pale beige interior. As it ages, the flavor becomes a little sharper, and can be grated.
Idiazábal goes beautifully with fresh fruits, jamón, salchichón and crusty bread and pairs well with a hearty red wine.
Raw sheep's milk, salt, rennet, lactic ferments, lysosome from egg.
Contains MILK, EGG.
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Use and Care
This cheese may be refrigerated up to 6 months when unopened, and 3 to 4 weeks after opening. We do not recommend freezing cheese as it degrades the quality of the product.
Spots on the exterior can be wiped off with a cloth lightly dampened with olive oil or can be cut off.
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"Delicious cheese...very smooth "
Allan - Chelsea, MA February 2023
"Delicious! Paired it with any chorizo and a good wine and you have a great picnic! "
Maria - Washington, DC April 2014
"Anything from the Basque country is 5 stars. This is a great cheese at the end of a meal. I like to have a thin slice with a banana. Sounds crazy but try it."
Mike - VALPARAISO, IN April 2013
James - Riverview, Florida January 2013
"Wonderful cheese. Marinated it in olive oil, garlic and rosemary. A treat."
s. - May 2010
"Very good, but not as good as in Spain."
Randi - February 2009