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The word "testun" means stubborn in Cuneo dialect. This cheese is aptly named, as it is the most difficult to produce among all cheeses from Mondovi (Robiola, Raschera, Ormea, Valcasotto) and it is the one which requires the longest time to ripen (twelve months on average). It is made from pure sheep or goat's milk, depending on availability, although sometimes a little cow's milk is added as well. Whichever milk is used, it all comes from animals that graze freely on alpine pastures, lending the cheese the perfumes of wildflowers and grass. Depending on the meadows and the season, the cheese can take on the aromas of thyme, chamomile, mint, licorice, or caramel.

During its aging, Testun acquires extraordinary characteristics and becomes a great cheese. Its color is straw-yellow and its consistency is slightly crumbly. Some Testuns are chosen to be ripened while coated with pressed Nebbiolo grapes, the same grapes used to make Barolo wine. These cheeses are aged in small oak barrels. When this is done, this already excellent cheese is enriched with fruity wine flavors that further enhance its complexity.

  • Made from pasteurized sheep, goat, or cow's milk.
  • Whole form is 15 lbs.
  • We cut and wrap this item by hand.
  • Please contact us if you would like to purchase the whole form.

Size: 7.5 ounces Item: 1431



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Latest Customer Reviews for Testun al Barolo
By Emajeski
from Chicago
on Feb 16, 2015
The flavor is rich and smooth with some tangy flavor from the grapes- plus I love that little bit of crunch from the seeds! It's soft and crumbly, just delicious in its own, but it's also fantastic crumbled over a little spring greens and walnut salad, especially with a little balsamic vinaigrette. However you have it, enjoy and savor every bite of it!
By John
from Savannah, GA
on Nov 24, 2014
Testun al Barolo
This cheese is unlike any I have previously tasted. FULL of flavor and character, and the crumbly, tangy grape coating enhances perfectly.
By Teddy Bear
from Jacksonville, FL
on Jan 07, 2014
Grossly salty, inedible - what were the other reviewers thinking??
This is a failure of a cheese effort. Aging even a year in barrels means it is not aged at all. So wet, slick, gooey, gummy, unaged, also grossely over-salted. I think the process needs a lot of work. Looks to me like the grapes or grape must must be a marketing gimmick to try to get rid of this stuff. Nobody at our party - nobody - liked it or would eat it, threw it out, never order this mess again.
By Steve
from Cincinnati
on Oct 25, 2013
Best Cheese Ever
I've loved this cheese since first tasting it at Scala's in San Francisco. I'm delighted iGourmet is able to get it.
By Steve
from Cincinnati
on Sep 09, 2013
Deeelicious But Pricey
This is the best cheese I've ever eaten. But at $40+/pound including shipping, it's more expensive than beef tenderloin.
By lowry designs
from Gulfport MS
on Jan 01, 2013
Testun al Barolo
I will order this cheese again and again. Crumbly and complex.
By Angela
from Boise, Idaho
on Jul 30, 2012
Testun al Barolo
This is an amazing cheese! Great flavor and texture!
By Debra
from Tampa, FL
on Jun 04, 2012
Fantastic Discovery!
We just had this cheese at Eataly in Torino and it was one of the most delicious discoveries of our month-long journey. The crunchy grape leavings add a whole new dimension to an already fabulous cheese. Couldn't wait to share it with friends who agreed that it is a rare treat. We will all be ordering it again!
By Rosario E. Torres
from San Antonio, Texas 78223
on Apr 12, 2012
Crumbly and fruity and delicious!
Love this wonderfully tasting Testun al Barolo. It's got a mildly sharp taste and the grape skins it's covered in gives it a light grapy taste. I eat it on sliced bread with a sweet mustard and it's so good.
By usaqh
from Florida
on Dec 18, 2011
Heaven best describes this cheese
If you miss this cheese - shame on you ! Wonderful with a glass of dry red wine. My dog was 3 rooms away, sleeping, and apparently the smell of the cheese made it to his doggie nose .... After one taste, his tail is awaggin in approval ...
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