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Raw Milk Manchego selected for Essex St. Cheese

Raw Milk Manchego selected for Essex St. Cheese

Unwaxed for flavor's sake.

Essex Manchego is one of Spain's only farmhouse, raw milk, unwaxed Manchegos. Unwaxed refers to the rind and for the most part, cheese rinds seem to be one of those cheesemaking details that only get the attention of cheesemongers and makers. They have a tremendous effect on flavor and texture, though. The active cultures in cheese cause it to breathe. It loses moisture as it ages. When the rind is waxed it holds those effects in, increasing sellable weight, but often resulting in off-flavored cheeses that taste harsh.

Unwaxed Essex Manchego has a lovely, dry crumble and never tastes bitey. It goes down smooth, with the unmistakable sweetness of sheep's milk and a long savory finish that pairs well with almonds and plums and, of course, Spanish ham. An excellent cheese, made by Maria José in the dry hills of Mancha. New to America, selected just for Essex St. Cheese Co. — the same great source of our Comté and L'amuse gouda.

"An artisanal farmstead Manchego in a sea of mass production"
New York Magazine

Sheep's milk
Unpasteurized (Raw)
Traditional rennet

Raw Milk Manchego selected for Essex St. Cheese

C-EMA by the lb
Current Price $21 - $40
Ships for flat rate

More to learn

Essex Manchego is made on a century old farm in the arid, hilly heart of La Mancha. It’s made by Maria José Gonzalez and selected for Essex Street Cheese, the famed New York importer. Each wheel is made from the unpasteurized milk of a single flock of Manchega sheep. It’s one of just three Manchegos […]

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