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A Spanish classic made since Roman times, in Minorca in the Balearic Islands. Mahon gets its briny, punchy character from the Menorcan winds blanketing the island’s grass in fresh sea salt. The DOP regulations allow for a maximum of 5% sheep milk to be used—a throwback to when farmers needed to use whatever milk they had on hand. Mahon DOP Meloussa Semi is made from 95% raw cow’s milk and 5% raw sheep’s milk, and the latter delivers boozy fruitiness and just a hint of briny tang. Serve with juicy figs, marcona almonds, and a hoppy IPA, a fruity cider, or a spicy Rioja. Read More
This rustic beauty hails from Asturias, in the misty mountains hugging the Northern coast of Spain. Pria Azul is a unique blend of 50% cow, 40% sheep and 10% goat’s milk, and is a far cry from other aggressive Spanish blue cheeses. The fresh wheels are both pierced to create bluing and also smoked, then aged to create a gorgeous natural rind. This process results in a incredibly creamy and milky paste, subtely gamey and smokey, with a perfect flavor trifecta of sweet, salty and savory. A must with port and luscious dark chocolate. Read More
The delicate, crinkly rind on this American Original encases a deceptively rich and tasty cheese, thanks to the addition of tart creme fraiche. It may not be socially acceptable to down in two bites, but just you try resisting its advances.
2011 American Cheese Society Winner Read More