Lola Montez is a classic Allgauer Rahmkase dressed for the table with a selection of mountain flowers and herbs. This process, done by hand in the dairy, is fairly typical of the region. While similar cheeses are sometimes found in the shops adjoining cheese dairies in the Allgau, rarely do they find wider exposure.
Lola is a perfect centerpiece of a cheese plate, a visual stunner with a rich, mouth-filling paste that is imbued with the fleeting scent of a summer mountaintop.
Lola Montez is named for the Countess of Landsfeld, neé Marie Dolores Eliza Rosanna Gilbert. Once an Irish dancer, the rechristened Lola made waves as Kind Kudwig I of Bavaria’s mistress and the engineer of broad liberal reforms in the region.
After fleeing Bavaria, Lola travelled the world before settling in New York, where she died, aged 39, in 1861. She is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn.
Located in the Allgäu region of the Bavarian Alps, Käskuüche Isny was established in 1998 by a group of ecologically minded dairy farmers, wanting to make organic cheese in a sustainable setting. Their goal was to create traditional Allgäu cheese to showcase the high quality of their Alpine milk. T oday , 15 years after the dairy was founded, a group of seven farmers contribute milk daily, which master cheesemaker Evelyn Wild uses to craft eight different cheeses, including her signature Adelegger, sold at three different ages.
Käsküche Isny is green in practice, using steam to both sterilize and power the dairy. They follow government organic standards and process 211,337 gallons of milk into roughly 143,000 lbs of cheese each year.
FORMAT 15 lb wheel
TYPE Cooked/pressed Washed rind
MILK Raw cow, Brown Swiss/Braunvieh 7 contributing herds
RENNET Traditional Calf stomach
PRODUCER Evelyn Wilde Käsküche Isny
REGION Bavaria Germany
AGE 3 months
PROFILE Dense & creamy. Milky sweet with herbaceous aromas permeating the paste. A summer mountain top breeze of a cheese.