Made by: Dicky Willems

Milk type: Cow

Milk treatment: Pasteurised

Coagulant type: Animal

Location: Macroom, Co. Cork, Ireland

How it tastes: The flavours of this cheese are sweet and rich with hints of caramel, butterscotch and honey. Coolea is smooth and close textured, reminiscent of Dutch Gouda.

Dick and Helene Willems moved from Holland to Co. Cork, Ireland in the late seventies. They started making Coolea on their own farm as a hobby in 1981, and the business was fully established by 1986. In 1998 their son Dick Jr. took over the cheesemaking. They buy milk from two farms, one of which is close by, on wetter land, and provides better quality milk in the summer when the weather is drier. The cheese made from this milk tends to be capable of maturing for longer and has a more interesting and intense flavour. They use this farm’s milk between March and October. This Coolea is selected to mature in London and is sold between eighteen months and two years old.

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