7th Day of Cheese – Ossau Iraty

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Ossau Iraty

Made in the Ossau Valley near the Irati—the biggest beech forest in Europe— this cheese is aged on beechwood boards. The AOC regulations stipulate that only 
raw, unpasteurized milk be used. Some wheels are stuffed with Espelette peppers.

Cheese Profile

FLAVOUR Medium
TASTE Ranges from sweet, herbal and grassy to sheepy, followed by an acidic tang on the finish.
SMELL Lactic and fresh with a herbal aroma.
RIND Thick and crusty, often with dusty white patches. The colour ranges from light tan to coppery orange. An image of a sheep’s head and number are embossed on fermier wheels.
INTERIOR Firm texture with small irregular holes and cracks. Off-white in colour; occasionally with pale yellow blotches throughout the paste.
FABULOUS Firm interior without too many cracks and a sweet herbal aroma.
FAR-GONE Dry paste full of cracks with large mould spots near the rind and dull soapy taste.

Best way to enjoy
Ossau Iraty is amazing served on wedges with sweet preserves from your local farmers market.

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Cheese Info

COUNTRY France
REGION Basque
MILK TYPE Sheep
RENNET TYPE Animal
AGED 4 Months
PRODUCER Valleé D’ Aspe

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