Country of origin: Spain
Type: semi-hard, artisan
Colour: pale yellow
Flavour: acidic, bitter, herbaceous
Aroma: aromatic, strong
Alternative spellings: CUAYAU de Penamellera
Penamellera is a Spanish cheese made from pasteurised cow’s milk in the Peñamellera Alta and Peñamellera Baja counties, in the eastern part of Asturias, bordering the Cuera mountain range. Goats or ewes’ milk is added in spring and summer to intensify the flavour while for rest of the year the cheese is made using only cow’s milk.
This cheese is supple, creamy and dense in texture with small, irregular eyes characterizing the pale yellow pate. The taste is acidic with strong nuances of dried herbs and bitter overtones. Full of aroma, the cheese reminds of hay, dry grass especially the produce available in summer and autumn.