This is an aged cheese made from the milk of Manchega sheep. You note our terminology! We cannot officially call it a Manchego because it is coated in rosemary, but otherwise it is indistinguishable from Manchego.
But what a delight savory rosemary is, regardless of the official designation. The herb complements the entire complex herbal undertones of this extraordinary aged cheese.
This ‘Manchego’ cheese is coated with fresh local rosemary and aged for 15 months. During the curing time, the cheese picks up just a little of the amazing aroma of the rosemary, adding an extra depth of flavor.
It is still very much a Manchego flavor, but it is something more. Many people find it especially attractive to serve during the holidays.