Idiazabal - smoked raw sheep's milk semi-soft cheese, cut cheese - 1 lb/454 gr, Spain.
This handmade, unpasteurized sheep's milk cheese comes from the Spanish Pyrenees. Idiazabal is naturally smoked with a hard but edible orange-brown rind. At that time, 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. The cheese is as delicious as ever, and the quality is more consistent. We love its perfumed bouquet and rich, buttery flavor and enthusiastically recommend Idiazabal as one of Spain's greatest cheeses.
Compliments: Goes well as a snack with fresh bread or with jams.
Appropriate wines: Rioja Alta, Penedes, young Cabernet. You can also try with a beer.
Fat in Cheese: 60%