Virtual Cheese Tasting Kit - Aug 7
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This week's cheese kit is built to pair with our Northern Rhone Rangers tasting, and features rich cheeses with extra umami.
Sottocenere al Tartufo
Sottocenere al Tartufo is a truffle-infused Italian cheese made with pasteurized cow's milk in the northern region of Veneto. Its name meaning "under ash", is derived from the layer of ash that covers the cheese as it ages.
It is a pale yellow, semi-soft cheese. Black truffles are added in the paste which is then aged in ashes. A green leaf and spices like nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, liquorice, cloves, and fennel on the rind retain the aroma of the cheese.
Ossau-Iraty (or Esquirrou) is a traditional, unpasteurised ewe's milk cheese from the picturesque mountains of Pyrenees that hold a fertile grazing land for the milk-giving ewes. This cheese unites two regions of France in the Western Pyrénées: Ossau valley of Bearn and Iraty Forest of Basque Country. It received an AOC protection in 1980, which requires that the cheese be produced with the milk of only two breeds of ewes - Manech and Basco-Béarnaise.
An uncooked and pressed cheese, Ossau-Iraty is semi-hard in texture with a thick, buff rind marked with rust and grey molds. Beneath the brown and orange rind is an ivory white, supple and slightly grainy interior that has a creamy and buttery mouth feel. Flavors are herbaceous, nutty and fruity if the produce is from winter while the summer cheeses tend to reveal aromas of grass and flowers.
Campo de Montalban
Campo de Montalban is a mixed-milk cheese, containing roughly sixty percent cow's milk with the remainder comprised of goat's and sheep's milks. It was originally considered a Manchego, but in 1985 the AOC standards for Manchego were changed to mandate 100 percent sheep’s milk. As Campo de Montalban is mixed-milk, its name was changed to reflect its home region. Made in the town of La Puebla de Montalban, its name translates to "the fields of Montalban."