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Idiazábal Sheep's Milk Cheese, Lightly Smoked - 10 Ounces

Rated 4.5 Stars
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Idiazábal Sheep's Milk Cheese, Lightly Smoked - 10 Ounces

Aged Cheese from the Basque Country | CS-46

All Natural

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  • 1 - $16
  • 2 - $30 (6% savings)
  • 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.

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Customer Reviews

Average rating from 5 reviews Rated 4.5 Stars
  • Rated 5 Stars

    "Delicious! Paired it with any chorizo and a good wine and you have a great picnic! "

    Maria - Washington, DC April 2014

  • Rated 5 Stars

    "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

  • Rated 5 Stars

    James - Riverview, Florida January 2013

  • Rated 5 Stars

    "Wonderful cheese. Marinated it in olive oil, garlic and rosemary. A treat."

    s. - May 2010

  • Rated 3 Stars

    "Very good, but not as good as in Spain."

    Randi - February 2009

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