La Retorta, (Vegetarian), 160g
Milk type: Raw sheep's milk
Type of rennet: Cardoon thistle rennet (Vegetarian)
From: Cáceres, Extremadura
Net weight: 160g per unit
Winner: Silver at the World Cheese Awards 2023
There is a tradition in South West Spain, and over the border in Portugal, of making sheep's milk cheeses called "torta" using thistle rennet, resulting in full flavoured cheeses with a soft, sometimes liquid interior.
Finca Pascualete an interesting example of this unique style of cheese. La Retorta has a smooth, dense and creamy texture and ochre and pungent rind with aromas of mustard and dry hay. Full bodied in flavours with noticeable bitterness at the finish.
Learn more about this unique cheese, watch the video here.