Irish Cheese Box

Harper & Blohms’ Irish Cheese and Biscuit Box celebrates some classics from the Emerald Isle.

Coolea cheese is made to a recipe similar to traditional Dutch Gouda, the main difference being that it is made with pasteurised milk. This aged version is only produced from cheeses made in the warmer months when the cows graze on pasture, not in winter when they are housed in sheds. The dense texture is smooth in the mouth, and the flavours are complex, ranging from rich and sweet, with hints of hazelnuts, butterscotch and honey, to nutty and lingering with a savoury finish. 200g

A little history about Coolea

Helene and Dick Willems moved to Ireland in the 1970s from the Netherlands. They started making cheese as a hobby, using the milk from their own few cows, for their own enjoyment. But the cheese tasted so good that neighbours started wanting it, then local shopkeepers, and eventually Neal’s Yard Dairy in London. So before long, Coolea Farmhouse Cheese was a small family business. The Willems’ son, Dicky, now owns and runs the business with his wife Sinead, and they buy milk from two local farmers. Their school-aged daughter Shona also helps out by turning the cheeses during maturation.

Neal’s Yard Dairy – considered to be London’s foremost cheese store – select and mature farmhouse & artisan cheeses for Harper & Blohm from around the UK and Ireland.

Cashel Blue is one of Ireland’s best-loved cheeses and has a rich and voluptuous creamy texture. The cheese is golden yellow and well marbled with vibrant green-blue mould. The flavour offers the perfect balance of creamy cheese and spicy blue, balanced with a salty tang. 200g

A little history about Cashel Blue

The Grubb family has lived in Ireland since the 17th century when they fled England for religious reasons. Ever since, they have been millers and butter makers on their farm at Beechmount, near the dramatic limestone outcrop known as the Rock of Cashel. Cashel Blue was created by husband and wife Louis and Jane Grubb in the 1980s. The idea came about after Jane – a chef – saw a gap in the market for a great Irish blue cheese. The cheese is made in a one-hundred-year-old copper vat. They use only milk from their own herd of pedigree British Friesian cows. In 2003, their daughter Sarah returned to the business with her husband Sergio after working in the wine business.

Irish Brown Bread Crackers are Sheridans Cheesemongers signature cracker. Made with just 4 traditional Irish ingredients, including buttermilk to impart the distinctive Irish Brown Bread taste, these crackers are the taste of Ireland. Brown Bread Crackers are an excellent addition to your cheeseboard, well suited to hard and blue cheeses, particularly Cashel Blue.

A little history Sheridans Cheesemongers

Sheridans Cheesemongers has shops across Ireland and a reputation for being one of the best in the business. The owners Seamus & Kevin Sheridan teamed up with baker Richard Graham Leigh on a mission to create the perfect crackers to accompany cheese and we think they’ve done it! Our owner Olivia also worked at Sherdians Cheesemongers many years ago.

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  • Cheese Type: Blue Hard
  • Country: Ireland
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