Serra da Estrela
SKU : 20173400000
Produced by Casa Matias, one of the best producers in the region of Serra da Estrela (north-central Portugal), this raw sheep's milk cheese is curdled with cardoon thistle, which breaks down proteins and fats differently than traditional animal rennet, yielding different flavors in the finished cheese.
Texturally, the breakdown isn't as complete as, say, brie or some washed-rind cheeses; instead, the texture is springy and lively, the flavors like straw, butter, sunshine, and sheep. It's kind of amazing. Hand-tied with a cloth wrap to help it keep its shape, it's spongy and can be eaten as the centerpiece of a family dinner à la Winnimere, Harbison, and the like.
To keep this perishable product at its best, expedited shipping is required.