Ossau-Iraty cheese is a traditional, unpasteurised cheese from the picturesque mountains of Pyrenees that hold a fertile grazing land for the milk-giving ewes. It received an AOC protection in 1980, which requires that the cheese be produced with the milk of only two breeds of ewes – Manech and Basco-Béarnaise. Ossau-Iraty is semi-hard in texture with a thick, buff rind marked with rust and gray molds. Beneath the brown and orange rind is an ivory white, supple and slightly grainy interior that has a creamy and buttery mouth feel. Flavours are herbaceous, nutty and fruity if the produce is from winter while the summer cheeses tend to reveal aromas of grass and flowers. It is aged two years in-house at Cheese Boutique which results in a sharp and more nutty taste.
Comparable Cheese: Idiazabel, Etorki
- Rind: Natural
- Vegetarian: No
- Type: Hard
- Pairing: Zinfandel, Shiraz, Tempernillo