Fourth generation cheesemaker Javier and his wife make this teardrop shaped cheese in their home in Lugo, Galicia, which also doubles as a cheese plant. It’s a tiny operation with only 4 employes, and the care with which this award-winning cheese is made shows. Javier waits until the end of the process to smoke the cheese with birch wood for up to 90 minutes. It develops a lovely caramel colored exterior, a golden interior with tiny eyes and a subtle smoked flavor. Javier says the aroma reminds his customers of a time gone by, when their food was cooked over a wood-fired flame. We couldn’t agree more. 4/2#

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