Ossau Iraty (OH-so ear-ah-TEE) is made by Fromagerie Agour and is aged for up to 8 months.
This cheese is made with new season ewe’s milk from the Ossau Iraty, a uniting of two regions of France in the Western Pyrenées: Ossau in the valley of the Bearn, and Iraty in the beech forests of the Pays Basque.
Covered by an orange to grey rind, the interior is off white, becoming firmer as the maturing period is extended. This slightly dry textured cheese gives way to a creamy, buttery feel in the mouth. The flavours hint at both herbs and fruit, with slightly sweet and nutty undertones.