Coolea

Coolea

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An Irish Gouda? Yes, but by way of the Netherlands. Dick and Helene Willems immigrated to Ireland in the late 1970s and brought their Dutch cheese making skills with them.  Coolea (koolay) is made with pasteurized cow's milk from local farms near the town of Coolea in County Cork. It is aged for 12-24 months which produces a hard cheese that still melts in the mouth. A full flavor of grass fed butter is balanced by notes that are slightly sweet, toffee like.