Aged Irish Cheddar is a pasteurized cow's milk cheese that is aged for over one year and undergoes a stringent grading process as it matures.
A distinctive rounded flavor and a natural hint of sweetness with elements of mature cheddar, sweet nutty tones of a Swiss and the piquant bite of aged Parmesan.
This sweet, granular cheese, aged over a year with only the best and tastiest cheese making it through, resulting in a gourmet Cheddar that is full-bodied with a rich and smooth finish.
NOTE: This cheese is generally available all year from the tasting room and via our web site shop and comes individually wrapped in 12 oz. wedges. Shipping with ice packs is via 2nd-day air and is a flat $20 charge for any three cheese wedges shipped together.
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Every once in a while, someone will ask John Lucey if he’s ever tried Irish cheddar because he’s Irish. What they don’t know is that the cheese, popular in Ireland and beyond, was created by Lucey himself.
It is indeed an Irish cheese, even if it comes from Cork and not Dublin. In 1990, Lucey was a Ph.D. student working at the National Dairy Products Research Centre in Ireland’s County Cork. He had to create unusual conditions for making cheese as it related to his research. He was looking for mineral content and texture, not flavor.
“When you make food products, you always like to taste them,” said Lucey. “As it aged, I’d take a piece of it and I’d think, ‘This isn’t bad, this is different.’ ” so he decided to see if he could recreate it. He recreated the conditions, made some more, let it age and got the same flavor. He asked more people to taste it, and all agreed that this was something different.
When Lucey got to the point where it was time to move on he thought he’d give his experiment a chance to find a suitor and invited representatives of the country’s cheese plants to taste. It could be a way for an Irish cheese company to diversify, and to do so without additional capital costs because his new cheese could be made using the same equipment as cheddar.
Carbery Milk Products agreed and three years later began to make the cheese. Lucey helped the company scale up and by 2012, over 40,000 tons of the cheese had been sold.
Irish Cheddar has a distinct flavor. It’s made of milk from grass-fed cows, with a texture that’s reminiscent of a Parmesan with the familiar crystals of an aged cheddar. It’s aged for at least a year, and is vegetarian.
“It’s nice to see an Irish cheese, created by an Irish person, made by an Irish company,” he said. “It isn’t cheddar; that’s technically an English cheese. This is a true Irish cheese.”
Uniquely, Irish Cheddar is largely flavor neutral with wine and makes a great base to carry any other food that you want to show with the wine so use it with any wine. Irish Cheddar does not contain any of the 8 major allergens and is vegetarian