Made from pasteurized cow's milk
Country of origin: Ireland
Region: Beara Peninsula, Co. Cork
Type: semi-soft, artisan
Fat content: 45-50%
Colour: pale yellow
Flavour: floral, herbaceous, mushroomy, sweet
Aroma: aromatic, earthy, pungent
Producers: Milleens Cheese Ltd.
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.