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Limited Edition Coolea

A smooth and creamy ‘Gouda-style’ cheese with hints of sweet honey and caramel. A perfect Irish cheese treat for St Patrick's Day.

£9.25 per 250g
Pasteurised Traditional Rennet Cow

Key Facts

  • CountryIreland
  • RegionCounty Cork
  • Flavourpiquant, toffee & lingering
  • Type of MilkCow
  • PasteurisationPasteurised
  • Vegetarian RennetNo
  • OrganicNo

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. Due to high demand, it is occasionally necessary for us to substitute items in orders for an alternative. We will always endeavour to choose an alternative, which is the most similar to the item you have selected and of equal or higher value for no additional charge.

  • StorageKeep refrigerated.
  • Instructions for useServe at room temperature.


  • IngredientsCows' Milk, Salt, Rennet, Dairy Cultures (Milk)
  • AllergensMilk

Nutritional Information

  • Typical Valuesper 100g
  • Energy kJ1920
  • Energy kcal458
  • Fat37.2
  • Of which saturates24
  • Carbohydrates2.4
  • Of which sugars2.4
  • Protein30.6
  • Salt2
Name & address of food supplier

Paxton & 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.

Limited Edition Cheese for March

Introducing our smooth and creamy Irish 'Gouda-style' cheese, boasting hints of sweet honey and caramel, presented in a strictly limited edition of 50 pieces.

What truly sets it apart is its 10-month age profile, meticulously matured in our state-of-the-art maturation rooms at Paxton & Whitfield. Handmade on 26th April 2023, this batch of Coolea cheese has been aged for 8 months, resulting in a rich flavour profile with notes of caramel and butterscotch. Each week, it's carefully turned and brushed in the cave-like environment of Maturation Room 1 by Quality Manager Jazz Reeves and her team.

Coolea Cheese is made by the Willems family on a mountain farm in Co. Cork. Helene and Dick Willem first moved to Ireland from the Netherlands in the 1970s. Initially cheesemaking as a hobby, the Willem family developed the business quite quickly with Helene focussing on making while Dick looked after the dairy farm. In the early 1990s, their son Dicky became head cheesemaker.

Today Coolea is made with full cream milk from a local herd of cows. Dickie is very particular about the quality of the milk used, and insists on milk from grass fed animals. The mountains of Coolea, which the cheese is named after, has a wet climate. As such the cheese is produced seasonally so that the milk never comes from silage fed animals, as Dickie believes that silage taints the flavour of the cheese. The full cream, grass fed milk means that the cheese has a wonderful golden hue to the paste.

The cheese is made to a very traditional Dutch Gouda recipe, which involves the curds being washed. This step in the cheese making process means that the acidity of the cheese is reduced resulting in a sweeter flavoured cheese. 

Pair this exceptional cheese with creamy, full-bodied white wines like a white Rioja, or opt for a dark amber ale or an Irish Whisky – the ideal complement for St Patrick's Day celebrations.