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Carrowholly Original is a hard, Gouda-style cheese made on the shores of Clew Bay on Ireland’s scenic Atlantic coast line. It is matured for six to nine months to give a firm texture, with a darker coloured paste and a strong, multi-layered flavour. Crunchy casein crystals may develop in aged cheeses.

This raw cow's milk cheese is available enrobed in a russet-coloured wax coating. Also there are numerous flavours; nettle, garlic & chive and pepper, for your liking. Carrowholly won the silver medal World Cheese Awards 2008.

  • Made from unpasteurized cow's milk
  • Country of origin: Ireland
  • Region: Co. Mayo
  • Family: Gouda
  • Type: hard, artisan
  • Texture: crumbly, crystalline, firm and smooth
  • Rind: waxed
  • Colour: yellow
  • Flavour: acidic, crunchy, fruity, herbaceous, mild, spicy
  • Vegetarian: yes
  • Producers: Carrowholly Cheese
  • Synonyms: Carrowholly Original, Carrowholly "Old Russet", Carrowholly Cheese Flavoured, Carrowholly Nettle, Carrowholly Pepper, Carrowholly Garlic & Chive

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