Iberico: A Solid Everyday Cheese
September 20, 2010
Iberico is an easy eater that practically screams everyday cheese. This popular Spanish cheese is the second mixed-milk cheese we have tasted. Iberico is not a splashy cheese, yet its nutty flavor and chewy texture make it an appealing go-to cheese for many occasions.
Iberico is a firm cheese made from a combination of raw cow, goat and sheep milks. The rind of Iberico is black, hard and patterned with herringbone. The interior paste is a pale creamy yellow with tiny irregular holes. The cheese has fresh aromas of meadow grass and butter.
Iberico has a mild nutty flavor. It also has the buttery richness found in sheep’s milk cheeses. It does not have a strong finish, but its nutty flavor lingers long in the mouth. Iberico has a chewy texture.
We all liked this cheese. I purchased a large chunk for our tasting and we ate all but a tiny sliver. Iberico does not overwhelm the senses, nor is it the kind of cheese that creates long memories. Yet its flavor and texture make it a versatile cheese. Iberico would make a nice cheese for everyday, a picnic, day-hikes, kid’s meals, and casual entertaining. This cheese can sit out of refrigeration without degradation for a long time.
Notes on purchasing: Our purchase source was Country Cheese Co. (San Francisco).