This rustic beauty, with a rind like a weathered plank of wood, is Salva Cremasco, a cow’s milk cheese from Crema, Italy. This is a cheese that sneaks up on you, the buttery, chalky paste mild at first taste but with an herbaceous, mushroomy complexity that develops on your palette the longer it’s in your mouth. I kind of went from “hmm, it’s nice” to “wow, I really like this cheese!” in the space of 6 seconds.
Apparently there are some mysteries surrounding the origins of Salva Cremasco; Seattlepi.com has the story.
Purchased at Murray’s.