Following last nights event at the Instituto Cervantes, a masterclass on Spanish cheeses thought by the lovely Blanca Valencia as part of a series of Spanish food in the 21st century. We’ve decided to share with you where you can pick up some authentic Spanish quesos for you to enjoy a taste of Spain at home.

Cabrales Cheese

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Description: Blue cheese made in the artisan tradition by rural dairy farmers in Asturias, north of Spain. This cheese can be made from pure, unpasteurised cow’s milk or blended in the traditional manner with goat and/or sheep milk, which lends the cheese a stronger, spicier flavour.

Where to buy: La Rousse, Fallon & Byrne, Sheridan’s and Dollard & Co.

Garrotxa Cheese

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Description: Traditional Catalan goat’s milk cheese. Garrotxa us traditionally made from the milk of Murciana goats and ages in caves to enhance mold development and the resulting flavour. Garrotxa is described as having a powdery grey or greyish-blue rind, a firm texture, an ivory coloured interior and an earthy flavour. The cheese is semi-soft.

Where to buy: All Sheridan’s outlets

Mahón Cheese

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Description: Soft to hard white cheese made from cow’s milk, named after the natural port of Mahón on the island of Menorca. Mahón has some characteristics specific to it, despite aging. In general the cheese is buttery sharp, slightly salty and lightly aromatic (sweet and nutty aromas) in taste.

Where to buy: All Sheridan’s outlets

Majorero Cheese

 

 

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Description: Goat milk cheese from Spain. Similar to Manchego, this firm cheese has a milky, nutty flavour that goes well with various pear products. It is pale white in colour, and comes in large wheels. Majorero comes from the island of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.

Where to buy: All Sheridan’s outlet.

Queso de Murcia Al Vino – ‘Murcian Wine Cheese’

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Description: Fatty goat’s milk cheese from the province of Murica in the south-east of Spain. The cheese has an agreeable creamy flavour, a slight saltiness and a milk aroma. Murican wine cheese is coloured white to light cream and has a compact and elastic texture. The colour of the red wine baths does not permeate into the cheese.

Where to buy: All Sheridan’s outlets

Manchego Semicurado cheese

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Description: Manchego ‘semi-curado’ means that it’s matured for 3-6 months, ‘curado’ Manchegos can be matured for up to 12 months. The result is a lighter, milder flavour and a cheese with a little more mositure than if it was matured for longer. Slightly zesty and citrusy, with a full buttery mouthfeel.

Where to buy: Alberto’s Gold, All Sheridan’s outlets, Dollard & Co. Dunnes Stores, Tescos, SuperValu, Marks & Spencer, Fresh supermarkets, Aldi, Lidl, Spar, Donnybrook Fair, Listons, Cavistons and made-in-spain.com

Manchego Curado Cheese

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Description: Hard Spanish cheese created in the La Mancha region of Spain. Intense and mature, yet not too strong with distinctive buttery notes coupled with a full and fruity flavour. The acidity gives a dry tone to the cheese whilst also releasing a nutty, caramel taste.

Where to buy: Alberto’s Gold, All Sheridan’s outlets, Dollard & Co. Dunnes Stores, Tescos, SuperValu, Marks & Spencer, Fresh supermarkets, Aldi, Lidl, Spar, Donnybrook Fair, Listons, Cavistons and made-in-spain.com

Montenebro Cheese

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Description: This creamy textured goat’s milk log was created in Avila, one of the the nine provinces of Castilla y Leon (south-west of Madrid). To make this tangy cheese, it’s used the milk from the valley’s goatherds. As a result, this does set limits on production. It’s a soft-ripened, cave cure and treated with a penicillin mold on the exterior of the cheese. The interior is slightly sharp, rich and creamy in texture.

Where to buy: All Sheridan’s outlets and Fallon & Byrne

Tetilla Cheese

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Description: Regional cow’ milk cheese made in Galicia, in north-western Spain. The Tetilla is a striking cheese. The paste is smooth and straw-coloured with a soft, creamy texture that can almost be considered to be spreadable. The paste is dense with almost no eyes (holes). The aroma is light, creamy and slightly waxy. The Tetilla tastes creamy and fresh. It tastes buttery but not too salty.

Where to buy: All Sheridan’s outlets

For more details on the supplier’s of these products see below:

Alberto’s Gold – Import the finest Spanish products direct from the producers and can be found at food markets such as Pearse Street Market, St Andrews Centre, Stillorgan Food Market, Stillorgan Village and Killruddery. For more details you can visit their Facebook page here.

La Rousse Foods – La Rousse Foods is an independent, 100% Irish-owned company, specialising in the supply of fine foods to premium food establishments since 1992. you can visit their site here.

Sheridan’s cheesemongers – Are passionately committed to sourcing highest quality artisan products and forging links directly with the food producers to sell to their customers. You can visit their site here.

Fallon & Bryne – The food hall at Fallon & Byrne stocks the best of everything, and that’s all. Just-caught fish, well-hung meat, mighty coffee, sinful cakes, fine artisan foods of every kind, the freshest of fruit and vegetables. You can visit their site here.

Donnybrook Fair – They hold a singular belief that food is to be celebrated in all forms; from the everyday salad to luxurious meals, each and every morsel prepared with an emphasis on quality ingredients and cooking. You can visit their site here.

Made-in-spain.com – A website dedicated to delivering the very best of Spain right to your door, they have a special section for those traditional products of the Spanish cuisine, gourmet quality, and beyond these categories. You can visit their site here.

 

 

 

 

 

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