Ossau-Iraty is one of those cheeses that needs to be tried at least once in your lifetime. Voted the world’s best cheese in 2018, this beautiful cheese is made with ewe’s milk hailing from the Pyrenees mountain range in Basque country, France. It is a beautiful cheese offering a deep richness not often found in other cheeses.
Ossau-Iraty is creamy, rich, and silky-smooth. The cheese features an intense nuttiness that is offset by a delicious earthiness. Notes of grass and earth are most prominent in this cheese. It is a semi-soft cheese and promotes a wonderful elasticity.
This delicious cheese works well as part of cheese boards, but such a highly regarded cheese must be sampled on its own. Experience one of the most delicious Pyrenees cheeses with heavily buttered, fresh, warm, crusty bread and an excellent Bordeaux.
Cheeses (except brined ones in jars) should be stored in the crisper or the butter drawer of a refrigerator, not on the shelves themselves. This is to help regulate their temperature and humidity levels—and prevents the formation of mold. Once opened, they should not be kept in their original packaging. Soft cheeses with delicate rinds need to breathe, so they are best placed in glass containers lined with paper towels to absorb extra moisture. Leave the lid open a tiny bit for air to circulate and don’t forget to write up a label with the date you first opened the package. Kindly pay attention to the best before date label when you receive your cheese. Consume prior to date indicated.