Manchego Cheese is one of our country’s great gastronomic delights. The best starter or appetiser you can enjoy and offer to your guests, paired with a good wine. However, when it comes to choosing a Manchego cheese, you have to select the best one. To do this, you must know how to identify it when you come to buying it. Do you know how? At Josep Llorens we’ll tell you how it’s done.
How to identify a good Manchego cheese
Here are some simple tips to help you identify a good Manchego cheese. Don’t forget them when you go shopping!
The labels are the main clue
You have to make sure that there is a label on the cheese which must state not just the word Manchego, but also that it has been made from “leche de oveja manchega” (milk of the Manchega sheep breed). Additionally, if it is made with raw milk, the word artesanal or artesano will also appear, highlighting the fact it has been made by traditional artisan cheese makers.
Similarly, there is also a small additional label, attached to the main one, from the Denomination of Origin Regulatory Council which states: “España, Denominación de Origen Manchego” along with a serial number.
Likewise, it must include a casein plaque on the rind that reads “D.O.P. QUESO MANCHEGO” and the European logo with the words “DENOMINACIÓN DE ORIGEN” (designation of origin).
Remember that if it weighs less than 1500 grams, it will have a blue stripe in the upper right-hand corner, and if the portion is packaged a plastic film, it will have a green stripe.
An unmistakable texture, colour, taste and smell
Manchego cheese is characterised by its hard rind and a firm internal consistency, which is between buttery and granular. Depending on its degree of maturity, its colour varies between white and yellow. Its milky flavour can have several nuances, ranging between acidic and spicy.
Now that you know how to identify a good Manchego cheese, don’t think twice about it, choose the best: choose Josep Llorens cheeses.