Cheese Information

Manchego

Age

3 Months

Origin

La Mancha, Spain

Milk Type

Unpastuerized

Animal

Sheep

Rind

Other

Firmness

Firm

About

Manchego is undoubtedly Spain’s most famous cheese, receiving more attention than any other cheese made in its country. Manchego is a name-controlled Sheep’s milk cheese which can be found in a range of different ages. Manchego is made from milk of the Manchega sheep, raised in the “La Mancha” region – a vast plateau, more than 600 meters above sea level throughout the interior of Spain. Manchego is easily recognized by its characteristic, herringbone rind. The checked rind was traditionally a result of the tough grass used to create the moulds for the cheese.

Taste Notes

The flavour of Manchego changes as the cheese matures. This young, 3-month old Manchego has a mild, creamy, and sweet aroma that it delicately expressed from the paste. The texture is smooth and creamy, and a little bit granular – the beginnings of the dry, crumbly texture of a long-aged Manchego. The cheese tastes sweet and salty as well as lightly nutty. The sheep flavour is not overwhelming. This cheese is perfect on crusty breads, for snacks or used in sandwiches or as an appetizer in tapas.

Pairings

Pair this young Manchego with fruity Spanish wines, both white and red. Try a sparkling Cava or a light red. Alternatively, pair with a dry sherry.

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