Beira Alta, Portugal
A stupendous cheese from Queijos Tavares, these plush pale yellow rounds of amanteigado (buttery soft) cheese have an irresistible oozing softness. The use of thistle rennet imparts a slight sour tang that along with hints of lanolin from the raw sheep’s milk make for a heady combination. Yet, the overall flavor of the pudding-like paste remains more delicate than overwhelming, with floral notes at the finish. An excellent alternative to Serra de Estrela, Ovelha is best served with the top trimmed off and spoon in hand.