August Cheese Selection : Irish Cheeses
Our freight of delicious Irish cheeses has just landed. Soft, hard or blue, they are all made by different farmhouse dairies. Take a look at our selection for August.
Carrigbyrne Farmhouse – County Wexford
This family dairy started 30 years ago with the head cheesemaker Paddy Berridge following his travel to France-Normandy (home of camembert). They only make 3 soft cheeses from the milk of their own herd of cows. Using sustainability farming, quality is the key world of their business.
– St Killian – It’s the signature cheese from the Carrigbyrne dairy. The hexagonal cow’s milk camembert style cheese has a nice mushroomy and creamy flavour.
– Humming Bark – This cheese is the Irish twist on the classic Mont d’or. Matured in spruce bark, the cheese can be eaten with a spoon.
Milleens Cheese – County Cork
Milleens is Irelands longest established farmhouse cheese dairy. The cheese is still hand made by the Steele family with milk sourced from a neighbouring herd of Friesian cows.
– Milleens Large – This traditional 1.5 kg soft washed rind has notes of wood and salt coming from the brine used during the affinage.
– Milleens Cead – This smaller version has been created to fit on a cheese board and picnic basket.
Killeen Farmhouse Cheese – County Galway
Founded in 1990, cheesemaker Marion only makes Gouda style cheese that she learned while studiyng in Holland. They only use the milk of their herd of 200 goats, feed of grass in summer and hay produce on the farm in winter.
– Killeen Goat – The white paste is smooth and supple with a pleasant lactic flavour.
The Little Milk Company – County Waterford
Working like a sustainable co-op, the Little Milk Company counts 10 organic dairies. They only produce premium cheddar and soft cheeses.
– Croagh Patrick Cheddar – A gold award winner traditional clothbound cheddar with a mild and creamy flavour.
The Grubb Family – County Tipperary
The Grubb family settled in the current farm in 1716, however the cheesemaking started in 1982. All cheeses are handmade from milk sourced at the farm and today the dairy remains 100% family owned.
– Cashel Blue – It’s the original blue Irish cow’s milk blue cheese created in 1984. It has a light creamy texture with a note of sour cream. Displaying some slightly grainy blue veins it pairs well with sweet whisky.
– Cashel Cream – The Cashel Blue is mixed with some preservative free cream cheese and cream. A versatile cheese to have in the fridge.
– Crozier Blue – To this day Crozier Blue is the only blue cheese made from sheep’s milk in Ireland. The slightly chalky texture has a good balance of spice and nutty flavour.