Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Old Man Fly Cheese


LARRONDOA
Arhansus
05 59 37 83 81


This was one of the farms we visited where the cheesemaker was not around and we were greeted by a little old Basque man in a beret. As you might guess there were a lot of flies around, which didn't seem to bother the old man (even when they landed on his face). He said he worked for the cheesemaker and sold us a wedge of their cheese, which I believe was not AOC labeled, and a bottle of Basque cider. This cheese was actually one of my favorites for flavor.

The Cheese
rind: short wheel with blackly speckled rind
pate: few small holes, smooth pate, fine crystals
flavor: sweet, buttery, sour
mouth feel: dry texture, slightly chalky

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