Gubbeen is a semi-soft, washed-rind cheese produced by Tom and Gina Ferguson at their Gubbeen Farmhouse in Cork, Ireland. Their cheese twice won silver medals at the British Cheese Award.
Made using pasteurized cow’s milk, the cheese has a pinkish white rind with a white bloom. The rind is a triple layered bloom of different inoculations which include yeast, white wine and white candidum.
A young Gubbeen reveals a real buttery milky taste with scents of meadow flowers and hazelnuts. As it matures, the bouncy and soft cheese develops notes of mushrooms, nuts, bog and forest floor. Extra maturity allows the rind culture to move through the pasture and allow it to build up a full-bodied, rich and savory taste.
Gubbeen is excellent with burnt onions, grilled cheese and pairs well with aromatic whites and beer.
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