Casa de Mendivil Velho

Casa de Mendivil Velho – From the Minho in northwestern Portugal, this small-format, aged cow milk cheese is a real anomaly, delicious it quickly gets people’s attention like few other cheeses.

Made with pasteurized milk and traditional rennet, it is aged for a little under a year, washed with sweet red pepper and EVOO, and shows a surprisingly strong flavor and firm texture.

Like the harder cow milk cheeses from the Açores, this cheese has a pronounced spice on the finish, a real “zing!” Buttery while dense, salty while bright, strong but not sharp, it’s a strange beast.