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Mahón

  • Made from cow's milk

  • Country of origin: Spain

  • Region: Menorca, Balearic Islands

  • Type: semi-hard, artisan

  • Texture: crumbly and dense

  • Rind: washed

  • Colour: pale yellow

  • Flavour: buttery, fruity, salty

  • Aroma: nutty, sweet

  • Vegetarian: no

  • Producers: Various

  • Synonyms: Artesano Mahon, Artisanal Mahon, Mahon Reserva, Aged Mahon

Mahon, named after the port of Mahon on the Minorca island, Spain, is a cow's milk cheese, produced by various dairies. Mahon is soft to hard cheese with buttery, sharp, salty in taste. During maturation the cheese is hand rubbed with butter / paprika or oil. Mahon is sold at different ages ranging from 2 months to 10 months.
Artesano Mahon / Artisanal Mahon, made using raw milk is aged for 2 to 3 months that is superior in flavour than the aged version. The texture is close, dense with occasional hole throughout the paste which is ivory in colour.
Mahon Reserva / Aged Mahon is harder and drier in texture, more salty in taste.
Industrial version of Mahon is made using pasteurized milk what has milder flavour.

A traditional way of eating Mahon is by sprinkling it with black pepper, tarragon and olive oil. It pairs well with Madeira or Rioja.