Cheese

El Piconero al Cognac

El Piconero al Cognac

In September of 2001, in the Picon region of Spain, the very first batches of this new cheese were produced. Made from raw sheep's milk, the cheese is carefully aged under strict conditions for a minimum period of ten months. The wheels are then aged another two months while they bathe in Cognac. The result is a simply stunning product. Fine, aromatic and complex, this wonderful cheese is destined to become a classic to be enjoyed by generations to come.

* Made from unpasteurized sheep's milk.

Idiazabal

Idiazabal

This handmade, unpasteurized sheep's milk cheese comes from the Spanish Pyrenees. Idiazabal is naturally smoked with a hard but edible orange-brown rind. In the old days, Basque shepherds lived in small mountain huts and had no space to store and age their cheeses other than inside their stone chimneys. As it turned out, people enjoyed the smoky flavor that the cheese acquired from aging inside the chimneys, and Idiazabal spread throughout Spain. Today, Idiazabal is produced in more modern facilities, but the process is still all-natural.
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White Stilton with Fruit - Mango/Ginger

White Stilton with Fruit

White Stilton, the young, immature cousin to the world famous British blue cheese, is extra creamy and deliciously tangy but somehow unfinished all by itself - much like plain yogurt. Hence the need to introduce a fruit. Available with apricots, lemon, ginger, and eight other wicked flavors. Each of these flavorful additions tames the brash White Stilton. After your first bite you will immediately recognize that the combination is a natural fit. The expert cheesemakers have added exactly the right amount of fruit such that the cheese is not overly sweet.
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Roquefort Vernierres

Roquefort Vernierres

Roquefort is the ancient blue cheese from the Rouergue, a small region of southern France. It ranks with Stilton and Gorgonzola as the three musketeers of blue cheese, setting the gold standard for all other blues. Roquefort is made from raw sheep's milk, as opposed to the pasteurized cow's milk of its chief rivals. First evidence of Roquefort was discovered in 79 A.D. when Pliny the Elder wrote of its rich aroma. It was the favorite cheese of Charlemagne. In 1411 King Charles VI gave rights to the ageing of Roquefort to only one village: Roquefort-sur-Soulzon.
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Cabrales Blue Cheese

Cabrales

Queso Cabrales is a natural cheese made in the artisan tradition by rural dairy farmers. This cheese can be made of pure cow's milk, but, depending on availability, it can also be blended with some goat and/or sheep's milk as well. All the milk used in its production must come exclusively from herds raised in a small zone of production in northern Spain. Cabrales is aged from two to six months in natural caves in the mountains nearby. In these caves, the relative humidity is 90% and the temperature varies between 45º and 55ºF.
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