Thursday, April 11, 2013

Brescianella Stagionata

Hello everyone!

A couple of days ago at the cheese counter, I was pleasantly surprised by the arrival of Brescianella Stagionata. It had been a while since I had had this cheese and the ones that we received were in pristine condition. Look at how pretty it is!

Cheese: Brescianella Stagionata
Producer: Luigi Guffanti (affineur)
Region: Lombardia, Italy
Milk: Raw cow's milk (I had originally listed this as pasteurized, but I was corrected by a source from Guffanti)
Rennet: Traditional (animal)

This cheese is named for the town of Brescia where most of this cheese is produced. It is very similar to Taleggio and like Taleggio it is washed in a brine solution that gives the rind the lovely orange color as well as a slight stickiness. The aroma that comes from this cheese is phenomenal, well at least for a turophile like me! It is definitely a stinky cheese, but if you can get past the odor you will discover how wonderful this cheese really is.

This particular batch of Brescianella is in such great condition and is ready to eat right now! The texture is luscious and creamy and the flavor is out of this world. It tastes slightly sweet, milky and grassy with hints of hazelnuts. I often compare it to creamy cauliflower. I couldn't just have one bite...

The trick with this cheese is that is has a very small window for when it is best to be eaten. After cutting into the Brescinella, you want to eat it as soon as possible. If you wait too long to eat it, the smell will be overbearing and will cause the cheese to have some off flavors. That being said, the Brescinella we have is super fresh and ready to be enjoyed! Come on by the cheese counter and have yourself a sample. Hope to see you all soon! Until next time, eat, drink and be happy!