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This 12th century D.O. cheese is famous throughout the world for its unique character and intense flavor. Made in the mountains of Serra da Estrela (also a national park), in the Beira region, this is a traditional washed rind farmhouse cheese.

The Bordaleira ewes thrive on a diet of wild herbs, scrub, gorse blossoms and brambles, producing thick, luscious, aromatic milk. This special cheese is handmade in small batches using wild thistle (Cynara cardunculus) to coagulate the milk. The curds are broken by hand instead of cut. It takes an average of three hours to make one cheese and only two or three are made per day. After the wheel is salted, it is then wrapped in cloth and aged in caves.

When Serra is younger, the rind is sticky and pungent and the interior is so creamy that it is almost spoonable. As it ages, the rind becomes harder and smoother with the interior becoming denser and sliceable. Either way, this is an incredible Portuguese treasure. It has a perfumed intensity and a sweet grassy taste that is fruity and mildly bitter. All that's needed is some fresh crusty bread and a bottle a wine. Perfect!

  • Made from unpasteurized sheep's milk
  • Best enjoyed within seven days of delivery.
Size: 2 pounds Item: 6028
$69.99

 






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Latest Customer Reviews for Serra de Estrella
By Lu
from Massachusetts
on Jul 27, 2014
Just as I remember!
This cheese is just as good as I remember from our trip to Portugal. If you leave it out at least a half hour before serving, it gets soft and speadable, the way the Portuguese serve it. I'd recommend storing it with a paper towel wrapped around it to absorb moisture as it is susceptible to mold quickly. Or, just enjoy it with friends and don't worry about leftovers!
By Lover of Cheese
from Gainesville, Florida
on Jan 22, 2012
My Favorite Cheese from a Cheese Lover
I love cheese of all kinds, from every land, every texture and taste, but the cheese from the Serra de Estrella is my favorite by far. It is best when just ripe and runs from it rind when left at room temperature. Great with wine, nuts and dried fruit or with crusty bread and green olives. If only it were readily available, but alas not even at igourmet
By Philip Storvik
from Murfreesboro, TN
on May 15, 2011
Too aged
I was very much looking forward to the younger Serra de Estrella mentioned in the description as this is what I've had in Portugal. It was rather firm and oily with a deep mold in the rind indicating this had been sitting around a good while. At $40 per wheel I won't be risking this again. What saves it from total loss is my Portuguese mother still loved it.
By Dirk Stamp
from Colorado Springs, CO
on Mar 22, 2011
Classic Portuguese Cheese
We recently returned from a trip to Portugal and loved all the sheep cheese we found there. However we were surprised and disappointed how hard it was to find them in the US. Fortunately igourmet had our favorite cheese from Portugal, Serra de Estrella. It was just as we remembered, very "sheepy" on the nose and rich, earthy and lingering on the palate. Great with a red wine from Alentejo.
By ekter
from huntington wv
on Nov 11, 2008
If you like pungent, a must have!
very pungent aroma, and a great, albeit strong, taste. very intense flavors, would likely overpower any pairing with foods. best to enjoy with a hearty wine and a crusty loaf of bread
By Mr. Creosote
from Lake Hartwell, SC
on Sep 11, 2008
Stinky, but too salty
A rich, somewhat stinky cheese that I found delicious except that it was too salty.
By Z
from Perry, ME
on Aug 30, 2007
Yummy
I love this cheese, however by the time I get it (or you do) it has aged too much for my taste. I like it almost runny
By dory9206e
from San Diego
on Jul 28, 2007
Excellent taste
This is quite similar to Queijo de Azeitao that we had in Sintra, Portugal and loved. We enjoyed the cheese with crusty bread, almonds & dried prunes (yes prunes -- the sweetness compliments the cheese) and of course red wine.
By Chris Cheese Princess
from You are here, NJ
on Jul 08, 2007
Absolutely Divine!
One of the most memorable cheeses I have ever tasted! This cheese has become my new addiction. At first, I was skeptical to order a cheese produced in Portugal, as I did not think of this country as a notable cheese producer. This misconception was shattered upon first bite. It is an extremely rare find to come across a cheese so delectible and sinful. Flavor is packed "a mile a minute" in every bite. This cheese is not for amatuers and should only be tackled by those well-versed in the wonders of fromage. Has forever changed my view of Portugal, which now gives France a run for its money! Warning: Have a spoon handy when eating this cheese. For some reason, this cheese could be a less smelly & sweeter version of Tallegio... be careful, I guarantee you will become addicted just like me!
By Cheese lover
from Japan
on Jul 07, 2007
Eat this cheese and experience the best!
This is a product that goes well in ant ocasion. Some fresh baked bread, some good wine and some friends around and you will be in heaven!To give it a special taste, spread some cheese on bread or toast add a drop of honey and half walnut on top of it. Amazing!
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