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Taste of Ireland Guide

Two exceptional cheeses take center stage in this month's curation, each steeped in Irish tradition and craftsmanship. Complemented by a diverse ensemble of meats and accompaniments from various origins, each bite offers a tale of diverse influences converging for a truly memorable tasting experience.

Artisan Cheese

Indulge in a tasting experience that pays homage to the artistry and tradition of Irish cheese-making.

Claddagh Bó - Irish Cheddar

A true Irish gem, Claddagh Bó is an Irish farmhouse cheddar. You'll get to experience one of two varieties— A cheese handcrafted in original Irish Porter stout giving both a deep flavor and beautiful marbled look, or a cheese laced with single malt Irish Whiskey giving a distinctive, strong and bold flavor.

Both cheeses are made by the O’Doherty family at their award-winning Old Irish Creamery located in County Limerick on the west coast of Ireland. Produced using grass fed milk and delivering superb taste and texture, these represent the very best of the cheesemaking traditions of the Emerald Isle.

Coolea

Originating in the Coolea region of Cork County, Ireland, this genuine farmhouse delight is a testament to tradition and family craftsmanship. Beginning in 1979 as a husband and wife's hobby, Coolea quickly became an award-winning cheese.

Drawing inspiration from a Dutch Gouda recipe, Coolea presents a delightful blend of slightly sweet, milky, caramel, butterscotch, and honey flavors.

Made with pasteurized cow's milk.

Charcuterie

These meats have been carefully selected to perfectly complement the rich flavors of our Irish cheeses for a culinary journey that transcend borders.

Bresaola

Bresaola is a beef proscuitto. This meat has its roots in the Valtellina valley of Northern Italy. Bresaola undergoes a meticulous 90-day curing and drying process.

Bresaola has become a distinctive item gaining popularity, especially in Ireland's culinary scene where beef is the primary meat of choice. Its lean and tender profile pairs seamlessly with the bold and flavorful Irish Porter Cheddar.

Toscano Salame

This classic jumbo salame, combining coarsely chopped meat with garlic and whole peppercorns, is a nod to hearty Irish flavors. It was selected for its versatility and compatibility with the Irish Porter Cheddar and Coolea.

The tangy dry-cured meat showcases the artisanal craftsmanship of a San Francisco-based Italian cured meat maker. Originating from the Piedmont region of Italy in 1870, Molinari brings a century-long legacy to your charcuterie board.

Accompaniments

To complement our distinguished Irish cheeses, we've gathered a diverse ensemble of pairings to elevate your tasting experience.

Stone Ground Mustard Spread

A popular condiment in Irish households, we've selected a stone ground mustard that boasts a pleasant rounded acidity derived from Apple Cider Vinegar. Tailored specifically for cheese, it adds a zesty and flavorful touch to the tasting experience.

Roasted Walnuts

These roasted walnuts offer a unique connection to Ireland's agricultural history, being one of the select few types of fruiting trees that have thrived in the country for centuries.

These particular walnuts are homegrown, being both harvested and roasted in the United States. Whole and lightly salted, they boast a well-balanced symphony of toastiness and nuttiness.

Dried Bing Cherries

Dried Bing Cherries make a delightful addition to this curated kit, offering a palate-pleasing combination of softness, sweetness, and tartness.

Carefully chosen to bring a burst of contrasting flavors and textures, these cherries serve as a harmonizing element with natural sweetness counteracting the umami-forward notes prevalent in the cheeses, while the tart undertones add a refreshing zing.

Flavor Pairings

Coolea

Pair Coolea with a roasted walnut to enhance the nuttiness of the cheese, creating a balance of creamy and crunchy elements.

Elevate the Coolea and walnut duo by layering on mustard. The tangy and slightly spicy mustard contrasts the fatty nuttiness in the walnut, presenting well-balanced flavors of umami, sweet, salty, and toasty.

Pair the sweet, butterscotch, and buttery notes of the Coolea with dried Bing cherries to create a delightful dance of contrasting flavors – the cheese's richness beautifully harmonizing with the tart sweetness of the cherries.

You can also combine this pair with roasted walnut. The sweetness of the cherry, nuttiness of the walnut, and richness of Coolea form a delectable ensemble that showcases a perfect balance of sweet, savory, and crunchy elements.

Claddagh Bó

Explore the robust Irish Porter Cheddar paired with the sweet and tart notes of dried Bing cherries. The cherries act as a counterpoint to the aged cheddar, balancing the buttery umami flavors with a burst of fruity tartness.

It's also a pleasing contrast to the subtle oaky, caramel note of the Irish Whiskey Cheddar.

Introduce a layer of nutty indulgence by enjoying it with roasted walnuts. The toasty and salty essence of the walnuts complements the aged cheddar's acidity, creating a dynamic pairing that resonates with both richness and crunch.

Bresaola

The savory notes of the lean and tender Bresaola intertwine seamlessly with both the malt forward flavors of both the the Irish Porter Cheddar and the Irish Whiskey Cheddar.

Introduce an element of zing by incorporating mustard.

Embark on a journey of exquisite simplicity by pairing the lean and tender Bresaola with the fruity tartness of dried Bing cherries. The cherries provide a delightful contrast to the umami-forward meatiness, creating a balanced and refreshing tasting experience.

The mustard's tangy acidity and slight spiciness provide a lively contrast to the meatiness and richness of the Bresaola.

Tuscano Salame

Tuscano Salame and Claddagh Bó make for a bold pairing with savory notes of the salame complementing the baked flavors of the cheddar, creating a robust combination that satisfies both spice and umami cravings.

Explore the dynamic fusion of Tuscano Salame and Coolea, where the salame's picante flavors meet the sweet and nutty profile of Coolea. This pairing delivers a robust and contrasting experience that showcases the diversity of flavors.

The walnuts' fatty and roasted nuttiness balances the picante flavors of the salame, creating a symphony of textures and tastes.

Create a harmonious blend of texture by adding in creamy Coolea.

Drink Pairings

While drink pairings are ultimately a matter of personal preference, we invite you to consider our recommended pairings as a starting point for your tasting experience. Cheers!

Red Bordeaux

A classic choice, the tannins and structure of a Red Bordeaux, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, can complement the richness of the Irish Cheddar with Porter.

Syrah

The bold and peppery notes of Syrah pair particularly well with the robust flavors of the Irish Cheddar with Porter, enhancing the overall tasting experience.

Sauvignon Blanc

If you prefer white wine, a Sauvignon Blanc with its crisp acidity can be a refreshing choice, especially with the Coolea, cutting through the cheese's richness.

Chardonnay

A full-bodied, oaked Chardonnay can work well with both cheeses, balancing the richness of the Irish Cheddar with Porter and harmonizing with the nutty and caramel notes of the Coolea.

Dry Stout

The roasted malt and coffee undertones complement the savory richness of the Irish Cheddar with Porter. Its crisp bitterness provides a cleansing effect between bites.

Irish Red Ale

The ale's moderate bitterness contributes to a balanced palate. Its malty sweetness and subtle caramel notes, pairs particularly well with the butterscotch flavors of the Coolea.

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