- Young, fresh cheese from La Mancha
- Identical to true Manchego, just younger
- Bone white and deliciously mild
- Size - 2 x 1.1 lb/0.5 kilo
Because this fresh Villegas La Mancha sheep's milk cheese has only aged for about two weeks, it is smooth, buttery, and bone white in color. Its texture is somewhat similar to goat's milk cheese, although its flavor is much richer. When you sample the first slice of this young cheese you will recognize that this is truly an artisan product made by hand. It is one of our favorites!
We choose it for everyday eating at breakfast with fruit. You can also serve slices or wedges of this pleasant cheese as tapas or snacks with olives, accompanied by sherry, beer or sangria. We serve it as a light dessert accompanied by traditional membrillo (quince preserve), fig or date wheels, fresh fruit or honey.
The milk used to make this wonderful cheese is identical to that used in all of the other Villajos prize winning Manchego cheeses. The only difference is that it was removed from curing after only 10-15 days! For this reason the Villegas is too young to earn the official D.O. Manchego designation.
The Villegas pasteurized fresh sheep's milk cheese is a part of a remarkable family of cheeses that are produced in a remote village in La Mancha. The cheeses are made in a small facility that originally was the Villajos family home, following traditional methods! They use pure fresh ewe's milk from the unique Manchega breed of sheep that graze on the pastures surrounding the village.
The Villajos family has created an extraordinary line of cheeses due to cheese making skills of Beni, their master cheese maker. He draws from the experience of generations past, and makes a limited amount, allowing him to pay meticulous attention to detail.
Their flagship cheese has been awarded four Gran Selección prizes in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006 by the regional Government of Castilla--La Mancha. It is a hitherto unheard of accomplishment.
Pasteurized sheep's milk, rennet, starter culture and salt.
Serving size 1oz. (28g) Servings about 16. Calories 90, from fat 65. Total fat 7g (12%), Saturated fat 5g (27%), cholesterol 18mg (6%), sodium 160mg (7%), total carb. 1g (0%), dietary fiber 0g. Sugars 0g, Protein 7g. Vitamin A 3%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 20%, Iron 0%. * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Average Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 12 reviews
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MONICA CESPEDES - DORAL, FL
"This is by far the BEST cheese I have ever tasted. Thank you for offering such a unique cheese. It is wonderful cold as well as melted. I can't stop eating it."
Linda S Day - Columbia, MO
OLGA ivankovich - Wilmette, IL
"mild, flavorful will buy it again"
Savannah - Maine
"The best cheese I've ever had! It's salty, creamy, and flavorful...you won't be disappointed!"
pino bovenzi - rochester, NY
Liliya Ryan - Swampscott, MA
"Delicious cheese, highly recommended. Buttery texture, semi firm compact consistency, mild but distinctive sheep’s milk aftertaste. Color is ivory yellow, not white. Special thanks to Tienda crew for smooth order and fast delivery. "
"very tasty, especially on the wonderful Galician Bread!"
"just came back from Madrid and my whole family loves this cheese."
"Our whole family loves this cheese. So yummy. And La Tienda is right- it makes an awesome grilled cheese sandwich, among all the other delicious ways to eat it."
Tomas R Garcia
"EL MEJOR QUESO QUE E PROBADO "
"Very good cheese. It is mild and buttery, with an intense milky flavor. The shipping of La Tienda is excellent, they sent it in a Styrofoam box with ice packs. It arrived in perfect condition."