Washed Rind Cheese

These cheeses range from semi hard to soft in texture and can generally be counted on to have strong aromas. Whilst maturing, they are washed or rubbed regularly in solutions such as brine which encourage a different mould to form on the rind, called B-Linens. This mould is characterised by its pink / orange colour and breaks down the cheese to be spongy in texture, making them ideal for melting.
402 - Gubbeen


A tasty cheese handmade on the west coast of Ireland. A firm supple cheese with a nutty, burnt caramel taste.

As a child in Spain, Giana's family had made cheese from goats milk on her father's small farm in the mountains above Alora. Later, living in France Giana was brought into contact with the great french cheeses.
Marrying into a farming family in Ireland ­ where some of the best milk in Europe is produced ­ Giana and her husband Tom Ferguson experimented and produced their own cottage cheeses and fresh cheeses. Based on the coast of Schull, they soon met other cheesemakers working both in West Cork and nationally. This developed into CAIS, the Irish Farmhouse Cheesemakers Guild.

The Ferguson family started making Gubbeen in 1979 using the milk from their Fresian and Jersey pedigree herd. The cheese making process is entirely traditional and over a three week period after the initial production, the cheese is cured by daily washing and turning which encourages the growth of the surface bacteria and gives the cheese its characteristic pale pinky-brown crust.

Gubbeen is slightly sweet and has a lovely soft, lingering flavour that grows after the initial taste. It is not too strong or farmy but tastes of clean, fresh milk. This dairy taste immediately implies that it is not an aged cheese, and the texture too is light, springy and slightly aerated. There is a full, mellow aftertaste however, with a slight edge that could almost be described as an Irish Reblochon.

According to the cheese makers, the cheese is best in the spring when the herds first go out to grass again and the cheese takes on a creamier, softer texture.

Gubbeen was awarded Gold Medal at 2016 British Cheese Awards

Gubbeen won Gold and Best in Class for Washed Rind Cheeses at Irish Cheese Awards 2017.

PLU: 402
per 250g

Key Facts

  • Country Made In Ireland
  • Type of Milk Cow
  • Pasteurisation Pasteurised
  • Vegetarian No
  • Region Cork
  • Organic No
  • Flavour Nutty and caramel
  • Accreditation None
  • Weight 250g

Store & Serve

All cut cheeses are cut to order and will have approximately 12 days shelf life on them from the date the order is despatched

  • StorageKeep refrigerated.
  • Instructions for useServe at room temperature.
  • Recommended DrinkCrozes Hermitage


  • IngredientsCows' Milk, Salt, Rennet, Dairy Cultures (Milk)
  • AllergensMilk
  • Nutritional Information
  • Typical Valuesper 100g
  • Energy kJ1628 kJ
  • Energy kcal389 kcal
  • Fat32 g
  •      of which saturates 21 g
  • Carbohydrates3.57 g
  • Protein25 g
  • Salt2 g

  • Name & address of food supplierPaxton & Whitfield Ltd, 93 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6JE

These summary details have been prepared for information purposes only. While we have taken care in preparing this summary and believe it is accurate, it is not a substitute for reading the product packaging and label prior to use. Paxton & Whitfield is unable to accept liability for any incorrect information. If you require specific advice, please contact our mail order team on 01451 823460 or email sales@paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk.

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