As it’s that time of year, we’ve had a lot of requests in our cheese shop for cheeses from the Emerald Isle. Here are a few of my favorites…what are some of yours?
COOLEA – Often referred to as an Irish Gouda, this is a very mild firm cheese with a long, buttery finish.
CASHEL– From County Tipperary this is a really nice blue. I find it fruity, not overly complex, but a very flavorful blue that’s hard not to like.
CROZIER- From the same producers as Cashel (restaurateurs Joel & Elizabeth Grubb) this is one of my all-time favorite blues. It’s made from ewe’s milk meaning it’s richer than most blues, but this one’s all about texture. It reminds me a bit of a mealy apple, and the flavor is really fruity. If you can find it, be sure to try it!
ARDRAHAN– One of the stinkier cheeses in our case, this is a soft, washed-rind cheese from County Cork. Pairs really well with a pint of Guinness!