One year aged, sweet and nutty
Manchego is a cheese with PDO status, from La Mancha in central Spain. It is made from the milk of Manchega sheep which graze on the plateau and then aged in natural caves for a minimum of 2 months. It has an intense salty flavour. The dimensions of a manchego are 22cm x 10cm.
The rind is inedible and unmistakable with its traditional herringbone basket weave pattern pressed on it. A typical ear wheat pattern is pressed onto the top and bottom wheels of the cheese. There are specific differences in Manchego cheeses, depending on their aging period:
Semi Curado - Young Manchego cheese is aged around 3 months. The flavor is fruity and grassy with a tangy note and it's still quite a moist cheese.
Curado - Manchego cheese aged for 6 months. The more mature cheese acquires a caramel and nutty flavor with a slight acidity.
Viejo - Manchego cheese aged for a year becomes drier and crumbly in texture while the interior of the cheese acquires a butterscotch color. It has a sweet, lingering taste. This is the cheese usually stocked in our shops, although we can get younger if it is required.
Baby Manchegos are availalable and measure 12.5cm x 10 cm but we don't stock them all the time so please give us as much notice as possible (at least a week) for us to fulfil your order.
Milk Type : Sheep's Milk
Pasteurisation : Pasteurised
Rennet type : Animal Rennet
Flavour : Medium
Country of Origin : Spain
Product Code : MTCS411
Brand : Manchego