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Cooleeney Farm

Cooleeney Farm

The Maher family are the fourth generation of Maher’s to work the land at Cooleeney, outside Thurles in Co. Tipperary. All the milk in production comes from the family’s own pedigree Friesians, with goat’s milk supplied locally from two Tipperary farmers. Faced with an excess of milk due to cutbacks in guaranteed milk prices, Breda and Jim were forced to find a means of adding value to their milk production. Breda’s background in hotel management meant she had always been interested in food and she was excited by the idea of cheese making. In 1984, Breda decided to take a cheese making course in University College Cork and in 1986 Cooleeney was born. Breda chose to produce a soft, camembert-style cheese because the market was full of hard cheeses at the time. Cooleeney now produces up to 12 different varieties of cheeses both cows and goats, soft and semi hard.

Cooleeney
Cooleeney

Milk type: Cow
Style: Semi-soft bloomy rind
Flavour: Creamy and buttery with white mushroom notes coming through on the finish, pleasant bitterness
Paste: Pale yellow paste, some chalkiness in the centre, smooth & soft when fully ripened.
Rind: White mould rind
Age: 2 weeks plus depending on customers’ requirements
Format: 1.7kg and 200g mini
Rennet: Vegetarian
Pairings: Sparkling wines, Beaujolais
Season available: Available all year
Made with raw milk: No

Gortnamona
Gortnamona

Milk type: Goat
Style: Semi-soft bloomy rind
Flavour: Mild and creamy with a delicate aroma of white mushroom from the rind
Paste: White soft paste, chalky with creaminess developing towards the rind
Rind: White mould rind
Age: 3-8 weeks
Format: Available as 1.7kg, 1kg log, 150g mini, 80g mini
Rennet: Vegetarian
Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
Season available: Available all year
Made with raw milk: No

Tipperary Brie
Tipperary Brie

Milk type: Cow
Style: Semi-soft bloomy rind
Flavour: Mild and creamy with hints of butter, undergrowth & wet grass
Paste: Pale yellow paste, narrow band of chalkiness in the centre, smooth & soft when fully ripened
Rind: White mould rind
Age: 8 – 12 weeks
Format: Available as 3kg, 1.7kg, 150g mini
Rennet: Vegetarian
Pairings: Sparkling wines
Season available: Available all year
Made with raw milk: No

Daru
Daru

Milk type: Cow
Style: Semi-soft bloomy rind
Flavour: Mild and buttery with notes of earth & cellar coming through the rind. Tomme Crayeuse style.
Paste: Semi hard, yellow paste. Discernible chalkiness towards the center of the paste. Fully ripened cheese will be broken down all the way through.
Rind: Natural rind grey & dusty appearance.
Age: 4 months
Format: 2.25kg, 300g mini
Rennet: Vegetarian
Pairings: Pinot Noir
Season available: Available all year
Made with raw milk: No

Dunbarra
Dunbarra

Milk type: Cow
Style: Semi-soft bloomy rind
Flavour: Creamy and buttery also available in cracked black pepper or garlic flavour
Paste: Semi soft with a mild flavour
Rind: White mould rind
Age: 2 weeks plus depending on customers’ requirements
Format: 1.7kg, 180g mini
Rennet: Vegetarian
Pairings: Sparkling wines, Beaujolais
Season available: Available all year
Made with raw milk: No

Smoky Tipperary Brie
Smoky Tipperary Brie

Milk type: Cow
Style: Smoked and flavoured cheese
Flavour: Mild and creamy with hints of butter, undergrowth with a subtle oak smokiness in the aftertaste.
Paste: Pale yellow paste, narrow band of chalkiness in the centre, smooth & soft when fully ripened.
Rind: White mould rind lightly golden
Age: 8-12 weeks
Format: 1.7kg, 200g mini
Rennet: Vegetarian
Pairings: Sparkling wines
Season available: Available all year
Made with raw milk: No

Ruby
Ruby

Milk type: Cow
Style: Semi-soft bloomy rind
Flavour: Smooth and creamy on the palate and oozes with a distinct malt flavour
Paste: Pale yellow paste, some chalkiness in the centre
Rind: Natural rind with mottled appearance.
Age: 6 weeks
Format: 1.7kg, 200g mini
Rennet: Vegetarian
Pairings: Craft Ale
Season available: Available all year
Made with raw milk: No

Gleann Óir
Gleann Óir

Milk type: Goat
Style: Semi-soft bloomy rind
Flavour: Robust and earthy with hints of cellar and mushroom from the rind. Tomme de Chevre de Haute Savoie style.
Paste: White, semi firm cheese firm band of chalkiness in the centre, smooth & soft when ripened.
Rind: Natural rind, mottled with grey appearance.
Age: 4 months
Format: 2.25kg, 300g mini
Rennet: Vegetarian
Pairings: Viognier
Season available: Available all year
Made with raw milk: No

Realt
Realt

Milk type: Goat
Style: Fresh cheese and soft cheese
Flavour: Creamy fresh and delicate goaty flavour marries well with the sweet peppercorns. Feta-style with sunflower oil with pink peppercorns.
Paste: Semi firm texture paste white in colour
Rind: No rind
Age: 6 weeks
Format: 100g, 600g
Rennet: Vegetarian
Pairings: Loire Sauvignon Blanc
Season available: Available all year
Made with raw milk: No

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