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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



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Latest Customer Reviews for Serra de Estrella
By DM23
from New Jersey
on Jan 01, 2019
This cheese is so difficult to find. Thank you igourmet. It was delicious.
By Lulu
from Daly City, California
on Mar 20, 2018
The taste was not what I expected. I am very impressed that I received it exactly when I was told it was to arrive. Again the cheese was interesting. It took a few days to get used to it and enjoy its creamy taste. Thank you for delivering it right on time and for letting me know when you had it in stock.
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 Z
from Perry, ME
on Aug 30, 2007
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!
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