Thursday, March 17, 2011

Coolea for St Patrick's Day

Having covered Welsh cheeses a couple of weeks ago I should in fairness make mention of Irish ones which are if anything even finer.

If you're out shopping for them today you might like to look at a couple of back posts on Irish cheeses - here and here on St Gall.

Today though I wanted to flag up Coolea (pronounced Coolay), an underrated pasteurised cows' milk cheese in an underrated style, mature Gouda. Although, checking the slightly out of date website, it did win the best matured Gouda category in the World Cheese Awards. You can see it above going through the brining process.

It's not perhaps as flashy as more fashionable cheeses such as Cashel Blue and Adrahan but I've always found it deliciously rich and nutty. A great nibbling cheese.

You can buy it in London from Neal's Yard. For other stockists see their website.

Incidentally I'm going to be at the Cheese and Wine Festival in the Southbank centre square at 3pm this coming Saturday talking about cheese and wine pairing with Ruaridh Buchanan of Paxton & Whitfield with wines from organic supplier Vintage Roots both also exhibiting at the show.

4 comments:

Kavey said...

I looove this cheese.
I first tried it last year, I think EuWen bought some along to a dinner party.
Have bought it a few times since then as I really, really like it!

Fiona Beckett said...

Great isn't it? And unlike some cheeses good with a glass of red wine!

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