Manchego is a tricky cheese. There are so many on the market so how do you decide what is good Manchego? We have tasted dozens and enthusiastically decided on Manchego 1605.  This is one of the few Manchegos that is handmade with unpasteurized milk from a single herd of sheep and then aged with an unwaxed rind. It’s produced by Maria José at Finca Sierra La Solana, a ranch from 1878 that also grows grapes and almonds. For us, it is not about age but flavor. These wheels taste of hay, green olive, and almonds. Manchego 1605 is truly artisan and authentic. 


Farm/Producer/Importer: Finca Sierra la Solana/Queseria 1605/Essex St. Cheese Company
Place: Ciudad Real, Spain
Style: Firm
Milk Type: Raw sheep
Rennet: Traditional
Age: 6-8 months

Pairing: Albariño, sour beer 

Manchego 1605

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