Istara P'tit Basque Cheese
Istara P'tit Basque Cheese is a semi-hard, pasteurized sheep's milk cheese from the Basque area of the French Pyrenees. Traditionally, shepherds made the cheese from curds left over from the day's milking. It has a fresh, lactic aroma with just a hint of baby vomit, sheep and grass. The paste is semi-hard, aged ivory, with a basket weaved patterned, light brown rind. The texture is creamy with just a hint of graininess and melts slowly in your mouth. The flavor has a little bit of sheep, some earthiness, a nice dose of nuts, slightly sweet and is both subtle and pungent. It has a hint of bitterness on the finish. I am having this with a Disgruntled Brewing They Can't Hop all of Us NEIPA. The beer is a big, full flavored IPA featuring citrusy hop flavors with traces of garlic, onion and grass that go very well with the earthiness of the cheese and the beer brings out a little tang in the cheese. The beer's malt flavors bring out the cheese's buttery nutty flavors and also accent the cheese's creaminess. The cheese and the beer elevate each other. I rate the pairing 85.