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Made on the island of Menorca, Mahon is Spain’s second most famous cheese, following the popularity of Manchego. Like Manchego, Mahon was originally produced with sheep’s milk cheese. But, in the 18th century the British invaded the Balearic Islands, and brought Fresian dairy cows with them. The rest, as they say, is history. Originally formed in hanging pieces of fabric with a knot at each corner, Mahon today retains a rectangular pillow shape. Washed in a brine once at the beginning of production, this cheese is then rubbed in olive oil as it ages, which helps the cheese prevent from getting too dry. The result is a dense, crumbly cheese that tastes fruity and buttery with a slightly salty-sour finish. Try with a bottle of Tempranillo.

Mahon Reserva

Size
  • 6 1/2 lbs
Cheese Type
Aged Pressed
Texture
Firm
Milk
Cow
Milk Treatment
Pasteurized
Rind
Rubbed w/Olive Oil
Coagulant
Traditional
Aging
12 months
Location
Menorca, Spain
Retail Pack
No