Manchego is Spain's most famous exported cheese. Made in central Spain with the milk of Manchega sheep, each wheel has a basket-weave imprint from the tradition of ageing in woven baskets. Now immensely popular around the world, Manchego still must be produced in particlar regions of Spain and made according to tradition.
This Manchego is aged about 6 months, which is in the medium range. We also sell a younger (3 months) Manchego, and an older (8 months) Manchego.
This 6-month version strikes a nice balance between the milky young version and the firmer and sharper older version. This one is firm but sliceable, with notes of olive oil, lanolin, and butterscotch. It's beautifully balanced and so versatile.
In Spain this cheese is classically paired with quince paste or in various tapas. It's also divine shaved over salad, on a hot or cold sandwich, and of course on a cheese board. It's a real crowd-pleaser.
The best part is Manchego's approachable nature. From mild to medium in strength, this cheese appeals to even the occasional cheese eater.
We sell this 6 months old Manchego in wedge of 8 ounces, and you can also purchase and entire wheel of approx. 7 pounds.
Ingredients:pasteurized 'Manchega' sheep's milk, salt, rennet, cheese cultures and calcium chloride. Preserving agent: egg lysozyme (from egg whites). Rind colorings: caramel.