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Based on a Dutch recipe, this Irish twist on gouda is the creation of Helene and Dick Willems, both natives of the Netherlands, who moved to a small farm in Southern Ireland. They decided to start making cheese in 1979, using the milk from their own herd of cows. The cheese is named after the local village, Cúil Aodha (anglicized as Coolea). Their son, Dicky, joined the crew and in 1993 became the main cheesemaker. In 1999 both Helene and Dick retired , but are still active members of the team and can often be found at food fairs, spreading the Coolea love! The Coolea has won a huge array of awards including Supreme Champion in 2000 at the British Cheese Awards.

You can taste the lush pastures of County Cork, with it's grassy yet nutty flavour, with hints of caramel. Coolea (pronounced 'cool'-'lay') makes a perfect table cheese which can be enjoyed with a good and fruity Pinot Gris or Riesling!

Country of Origin Irish
Milk Variety Cows'
Style of Cheese Hard
Vegetarian? No
Organic? No
Unpasteurised? No
Storage Keep refrigerated below 8°.
Freshly cut and wrapped to order. Please eat within 7 days of receipt.