Milleens is one of Ireland's oldest farmhouse cheeses. It was first manufactured in 1976 by Veronica and Norman Steele on their farm at Milleens, on the Beara Peninsula, Co. Cork in 1976. Today, Norman and Veronica’s son, Quinlan looks after the day to day operations at the cheese farm.
The semi-soft Milleens is a washed-rind cheese made from the pasteurised whole milk of Friesian cows. It is available in 1.2kg rounds, Milleens 'O' 1kg, Milleens Dote 200g. The 'O' and 'Dotes' are different in both flavour and texture. The ‘O’ is more evocative of the original Milleens, with slight chalkiness at the centre of the pate and a particularly earthy aroma emitting from pungent, pink orangey rind. In contrast, the ‘Dotes’ are softer and more fragrant with an active orange rind. Both present a firm, creamy texture and herbal, mushroomy and floral taste intensified by the farmyard aromas.
A traditional washed-rind cheese, it pairs well with and off-dry Gewurztraminer and still cider. The cheese should be kept refrigerated and allowed to come to normal temperature before consuming. It continues to ripen and soften 3 months after being made.
- Made from pasteurized cow's milk
- Country of origin: Ireland
- Region: Beara Peninsula, Co. Cork
- Type: semi-soft, artisan
- Fat content: 45-50%
- Texture: creamy, firm and smooth
- Rind: washed
- Colour: pale yellow
- Flavour: floral, herbaceous, mushroomy, sweet
- Aroma: aromatic, earthy, pungent
- Vegetarian: no
- Producers: Milleens Cheese Ltd.
Other cheeses from Ireland:
Baylough, Carrowholly, Clonmore, Coolattin Cheddar, Coolea, Corleggy, Cratloe Hills, Dubliner, Glebe Brethan , Imokilly Regato, Mossfield Organic, Orkney Mature Cheddar, St Tola Hard Cheese
Ardsallagh Hard Goat's Cheese, Ardsallagh Smoked Cheese, Cahill's Irish Porter Cheddar, Cahill's Whiskey Cheese, Carlow, Cheddar with Irish Porter, Cheddar with Red Wine, Knockdrinna Gold, Knockdrinna Meadow, Lavistown, Mossfield Organic, Oak Smoked Cheddar, Orkney Medium Coloured Cheddar, Orla, Walnut Cheddar
Ardrahan, Blarney Castle, Blue Rathgore, Brewer's Gold, Cashel Blue, Croghan, Crozier, Dunbarra, Durrus, Gubbeen, St. Killian, St Tola Greek Style
Cooleney, Mine-Gabhar, St Tola Ash Log, St Tola Log, Wicklow Blue
fresh soft cheeses:
Bluebell Falls Cygnus, St Tola Cranberry, St Tola Crottin, St Tola Log