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Istara Family of Cheeses – Part Three – Kaikou, Chistou and P’Tit Pyrenees

To conclude this series, I decided to combine the three least known cheeses from the Istara Family of Cheeses. In no way, is this meant as a slight; nor does it diminish the worth of these fine Basque cheeses. Another Sheep’s Milk cheese from Istara, Kaikou is a slightly salty hard cheese, with piquant notes […]

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Istara Family of Cheeses – Part Two – P’Tit Basque

[twitter-follow screen_name='cheesemonger' show_count='yes'] Made From Raw Milk  Istara’s P’Tit Basque is a new addition to The Lady’s cheese kiosk and her customers love it!! As the name suggests, this is a small-sized cheese weighing about one and a quarter pounds and standing about three inches high. It has the basket weave rind similar to Manchego […]

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Istara’s Family of Cheeses – Part One – Ossau Iraty

  Legend has it that Aristee, the sheep herder son of Apollo created this cheese. Today the best version of this cheese is produced by the Benedictine Monks of the Belloc Abbey in the Western Pyrenees. You may recall my thoughts about why Monks produce the best cheeses, wines and liqueurs and based on this […]

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