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This pasteurized cow's milk cheese is made by the Willems family in the Irish hills of County Cork. Dick and Helene Willems, a married couple of Dutch descent, began their adventure in cheesemaking when they quit the restaurant business and toured Europe in search of a more peaceful place to live. After brief stints in France and Spain, the family settled down on a farm near the inland town of Coolea in Cork, Ireland. Not wanting to return to the restaurant business, the couple needed to find a new line of work. Given the excellent grazing conditions on their farm, they inevitably turned to cheesemaking. Owing to their Dutch heritage, they decided to make an Irish version of Gouda. The presence of wild Irish herbs in the grazing fields gives Coolea a richer, fruitier flavor than Dutch Gouda. Mature Coolea, which is aged for over six months, is piquant with a delicious, fresh aftertaste.
Made from pasteurized cow's milk.
Photo depicts whole 20 lb. form of cheese.
We cut and wrap this item by hand.
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