This raw sheeps milk cheese is definitely a little Basque treasure, about as rustic as a cheese can get. The natural rind betrays many of the good things that these lucky sheep are eating. The various molds point to a varied diet of herbs, grasses and other good nibbles. In particular, the prevalence of the rust colored mold on the rind may indicate a high content of carotene in their diet. The interior is firm and dense. It melts on the tongue with fabulous complexity, all at once nutty, sweet, herbaceaous and sheepy.
This authentic Ossau-Iraty-Brebis-Pyrenees is made in the Basque area from pure sheeps milk. Brebis, of Course, is French for sheep and the sheep cheeses of this region in particular are some of the oldest in production. The Basques insist that their cheeses are around 4000 years old and often call them ardi-gasna, meaning ewe or local cheese in The local dialects. The Agour Company, located next to Baigura Mountain is in the heart of the Basque country. This artisan Producer is committed to providing cheese of the highest quality and according to strict rules of tradition. About 1000 Shepherds from around the village of Helette provide milk daily. Generations of shepherds continue to breed small flocks of The Manech breed, recognized by their red or black head and thick wool. Some of the AOC rules include that milk production Must be done in the Basque Country from local herds; milk must be transformed within 48 hours after milking; only natural Rennet maybe e used and the resulting flavor and texture must adhere to regular inspections by experts. This cheese is firm in Texture with a rich, aromatic and nutty aftertaste.
This raw milk cheese from Agour is made from the milk of one specific farm. The texture is slightly drier and more crumbly than the others and the flavor packs a little more intensity. Its orange rind is due to the rubbing of the Basque piments dHespelette.
This traditional Pecorino Toscano is firm and dense in texture with complex nutty flavor. Traditionally, this cheese is made in Tuscany, which has a long, rich cheesemaking history. Our Pecorino Toscano comes in a small, dense round, looking much like a small Parmesan wheel. The natural rind is dark brown, hard, and dry. The cheese is hard in texture, with a pronounced sheep flavor, and a mild finish.