Cheddar (Aged, Kerrygold)
In 1961, the Irish Dairy Board was established, grouping together some of the small dairy farmers of Ireland in order to promote and export their milk and milk products on the international market. A year later, in 1962, the Kerrygold brand of dairy products was launched in the UK, promoting mostly Irish butter. Over the years, Kerrygold expanded the export and range of its products, including traditional Irish cheeses. Today, Kerrygold dairy products are sold in 80 countries. While the market size is large for Kerrygold products, the farms that produce the milk are remarkably small, with an average herd size of 60 cows. Most of these farms are also multi-generational family farms where the cows are pasture fed for 312 days out of the year, including the months of milk production. Kerrygold Aged Cheddar has its origins in Trappist cheeses made by Irish monks in the 14th century. It is a pasteurized cow’s milk cheddar covered in black wax to maintain moisture content in this one-year aged cheese. It also comes in a version without the wax.
This cheese has a rich, smooth texture and unlike many types of cheddar, Kerrygold Aged has no sharpness to it. Instead it has a rich, savory flavor with hints of salted butter and butterscotch sweetness.
This cheddar is ideal for use in cooking. Serving suggestions include melting it in omelets or placing a wedge over a piece of apple pie. It is best paired with a bold red wine such as a California Cabernet Sauvignon, or a darker beer such as a Red Ale.