Istara Sheep

$11.09 - $221.81
8 oz, 1 LB or Whole Wheel
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Istara Sheep’s cheese is a semi sharp French cheese, aged for ninety days. This cheese is often recommended for those who are just beginning to explore the world of cheeses for its mild flavor but interesting texture.

Istara‘s bright orange rind encases a smooth, firm and slightly oily paste. The flavor of this cheese is sweet and a little nutty. Fruity undertones lean towards the earthy variety leaving the taste olives and figs behind on your tongue.

When cooking with Istara let it speak for itself. Try cubing or grating it and adding it to a salad or shave it over a gratin for a surprisingly fruity accent.

Istara Sheep’s cheese is really an ideal table or snacking cheese and pairs well with quince paste and black cherry jam on crusty baguette.

If you are looking for a wine pairing, opt for a sweeter white wine or a full bodied Cabernet. 

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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.