Amarelo cheese, more formally known as Amarelo da Beira Baixa is made in Portugal from the raw milk of both sheep and goats. Its thick yellow paste, peppered with small irregular holes can range in texture from semi-soft to firm. This particular variety of artisanally made Amarelo has several features that set it apart from the average. For one, the texture is springy, slightly chewier then usual, and the flavor is deeper, tangier; it leaves a hint of bitterness on your tongue as you finish.
Amarelo is a powerful cheese, not for the faint of palate. The specific salty flavor is almost briny, and reminiscent of the sea. The distinctive aroma is strong, but not unpleasant. Once you become familiar with this cheese, you’ll be able to pick it out of a line up with your eyes closed.
Amarelo is a versatile partner for both accoutrements and wines. Try pairing some slices with a glass of whatever you enjoy; don’t be afraid to explore new pairings. For a time tested combination, pinot noir or beer would both be stellar.
Upon receipt of your order the ice pack may no longer be frozen. This is expected and should not be the cause of alarm. The cheese should be cool to room temperature. Once rewrapped and stored properly the cheese will last up to 3 weeks.
For optimal storage allowing the cheese to breathe and retain moisture wrap the cheese in wax paper, plastic wrap or tin foil upon arrival.
A - Bloomy rind, tomes, hard or dry rind cheeses - wrap only the cut surface in plastic wrap, leaving the rind exposed so the cheese can breathe.
B - Blue cheeses should be wrapped securely in tin foil.
C - Washed rind cheeses should be wrapped in wax paper.
D - Small cheeses such as goat’s milk crottin should be wrapped in wax paper.
E - Soft cheeses store well in waxed paper or sealed containers.
Store your cheese in a cool, damp place such as a wine cellar, larder, wine cabinet, or in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator (the warmest part of the refrigerator).
As a general rule, aged hard cheeses last longer than softer, less aged varieties.
For the fullest flavor it is recommended to bring cheese to room temperature before serving.
* See cheese label for proper storage recommendations
To ensure product quality all cheese will ship overnight May 1 through October 1 due to warm summer temperatures.
October through May all cheese will ship 2nd Day, with an Overnight option available at an additional charge.