Waitrose has teamed up with Bord Bia, The Irish Food Board, to launch a new Irish farmhouse cheese range, that will go on sale just in time for St Patrick’s Day on March 17th. This unique range of cheeses comes from five artisan cheese makers from all over Ireland. The newly extended selection will be available from most Waitrose deli counters from about now.
By definition, Irish farmhouse cheese is made by only one family on one farm. The recipes and methods are exclusive to the individual Irish cheese makers, and are not shared or replicated by anyone else. This guarantees the individual and unique nature of Irish farmhouse cheese, with the cheeses often reflecting not only the pasture of the land but the character of the cheese maker.
New Irish cheeses:
Exclusive to Waitrose and previously unavailable in the UK, Wicklow Baun (£1.89/100g) is a delightfully creamy cheese made using pasteurised cow’s milk. This brie-style cheese is enriched with extra cream to give a smooth and delicious buttery texture, is decidedly moreish. Suitable for vegetarians.
The award -winning Wicklow Gold (£1.62/100g) is a mild and sweet cheddar made from pasteurised cow’s milk. The distinctive taste of this fantastic cheese was developed by John Hempenstall to give a sweet alternative to the average cheddar.
Carrigaline (£1.35/100g) ia a handmade cheese with a firm and flexible texture with small round or oval gap holes, Carrigaline has a delicate flavour becoming piquant with age. There is also Gortnamona (£1.75/100g) a soft, mould ripened goat’s cheese with a fresh, clean flavour and creamy texture when mature.
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