Kerrygold Cashel Blue Irish Farmhouse Cheese
Samuel Grubb purchased Beechmont Farm in Southwest Ireland in 1938 and raised a family. When Samuel passed in 1979, his son Louis and his new wife Jane invested everything they had in the purchase of 90 dairy cows. Their cows look just like my distant cousin Patrick's Holstein Friesian cows on his in Farm in Carrigallen. Following the purchase of the cows, Jane Grubb enrolled in a cheesemaking class, began to experiment and by 1984 had perfected Cashel Blue Irish Cheese. Kerrygold Cashel Blue Irish Farmhouse Cheese is produced by the Grubbs from the milk of their grass fed cows. It is pale creamy yellow with dark blue veins and it is semi-soft and buttery. It is rich and melt in the mouth and mildly salty with a dash of funk. I am drinking a Apimed Old Slavic Mead made from forest honey. The mead combines flavors of maple and birch syrup with honey and alcohol and make a perfect pairing with the cheese and the mead is a lot like drizzling honey on the cheese and is just perfect. I give the pairing and the cheese a 90. Another mead to try is Hidden Legend Peach Mead. If you can't find a mead you can eat this cheese with a nice Gueuze to accentuate the funk, a Gose to work on the funk and play off the salt with the salt. Pilsners and Pale Ales will cleanse the palate while the rich maltiness of Barleywines, Baltic Porters and Doppelbocks will pair nicely.