For the layperson, understanding the nuances of cheese making can be an onerous and complex undertaking. At Trader Joe’s, we seek to understand the efforts that go into crafting world-class cheeses—so you don’t have to. Still, that won’t stop us from sharing the beauty and mystery we find in the world of cultured dairy. Take our May Spotlight Cheese, for example. Trader Jose’s Cinco Lanzas with Rosemary has a good deal of beauty and mystery to share.
This cheese emerges from the Castilian region of Spain—situated roughly in the center of the Iberian Peninsula. That natural environment is characterized by limestone soil with acidity levels that affect the protein and fiber in grazing pastures, which ultimately contributes a rustic, earthy quality to the cheese. The process starts with a delicate coupage ("cutting" or blending) of three milks (from sheep, goats, and cows), to which is added our producer's own starter culture. 16 months of slow fermentation ripen Cinco Lanzas to a firm, compact, crumbly texture. This extended aging develops a flavor profile that starts with buttery milk flavors—slightly toasted, with tones of fresh pastures. The aromas mix with the initial taste to reveal hints of nuts, toasted cinnamon, tamarix (salt cedar) flowers, thyme, and rosemary. The rosemary notes are further accentuated by the rind, which has been covered in dried rosemary for the duration of the ripening period.
Enjoy Cinco Lanzas with Rosemary with a spread of TJ’s products that have a Spanish connection, such as: Marcona Almonds with Rosemary, Quince Paste, Lucques Olives (from the Southern France), and Jamon Iberico. Cinco Lanzas also pairs well with seasonal melons and citrus. For a limited time, this world-class cheese is available at $10.99 per pound.