Irish Cheese

Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated January 27, 2021)

Ireland is renowned around the world for its music, literature, rich cultural history, and being the birthplace of whiskey. What many people may not realize is that Ireland is also home to some of the best cheeses in the world. Irish cheese has a unique taste and quality all its own. Here is some information that you just need to know if you will be using these cheeses in your next dining experience.

  • Durrus. Durrus cheese comes from the County Cork region of Ireland. This type of cheese is typically made from raw, unpasteurized cows' milk so make sure that you only purchase it from reputable sources (like stores with refrigerated sections). Durrus has a slightly musty and fruity flavor; it is quite delicious.
  • Coolea. Coolea is another cheese that comes from County Cork. Simply put, this cheese is similar in many respects to Gouda. It is also made from raw, unpasteurized cows' milk and has a sharp and sweet, though mild, taste. Since Coolea is made from unpasteurized milk, care needs to be taken in where you purchase it.
  • Dubliner. Dubliner cheese is typically made throughout the country and takes a year to age properly. This is the most common type of Irish cheese to find outside of Ireland; it can be found in most grocery stores. Made from cows' milk, this cheese has a sweet taste that most people find pleasant.
  • Gubbeen. County Cork makes quite a bit of cheese, and Gubbeen is yet another brand to come from that area of the nation. Gubbeen cheese typically tastes earthy, slightly grassy, with a hint of mushrooms and packs a slight punch.
  • Cashel Blue. Coming from County Tipperary, Cashel Blue is exactly what it sounds like—a type of blue cheese. Cashel Blue has a creamy texture and if left at room temperature for too long may start to become a little runny. Cashel Blue has a mild and slightly sweet flavor.
  • Boile. Boile is typically handmade from either cows' milk or goats' milk. Preserved in sunflower oil, rolled into balls, and flavored with fresh herbs it takes on the predominate flavors of the herbs it is seasoned with.
  • Knockalara. If you would like a great cheese that is reminiscent of feta, then try Knockalara. It has a slight tang to the taste and typically comes packaged in herb-flavored olive oil, or plain.

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Lee Wyatt

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