Cheese: The more smelly the best!
Forget Emmental, Gruyere, Brie or Roquefort cheese. In Portugal, the mandatory cheeses are those that smell worse! At first the scent can be a strong deterrent, but the spicy touch makes you forget everything. Don’t you believe? Pass by Zé dos Cornos tavern, in Mouraria, ask to taste the cheese of Castelo Branco, with a spicy touch and strong taste. Since you’re there take time to savor the Alpedrinha, since this is one of the few places in Lisbon where you can find this cheese from Fundão.
And if there is something that cannot miss in a typical Portuguese table is a good cheese. Cut into thin slices, serves as an excellent entry, and is also deeply appreciated with a good marmelade for dessert. But always with bread, as the Portuguese saying: Eat no bread, eat sloppy!
Goat from Trás-os-Montes (raw goat milk) – strong aroma with a slight spicy aftertaste
Azeitão (raw sheep milk) – Mildly spicy, sour and salty mix
Castelo Branco (sheep milk) – Pasta close texture, aroma and sharp flavour, witch can be slightly spicy
Serpa (Sheep’s milk) – Intense aroma and spicy flavour
Nisa (raw sheep’s milk) – pronounced aroma and taste slightly acidic
Terrincho (Sheep’s milk) – smooth, clean and very characteristic flavour
Serra da Estrela (sheep milk) – exudes intense aroma and strong flavour, slightly acidic