When the Willems family made the journey from the tuliped land of Holland to the shamrock-covered hills of Ireland over twenty years ago, they brought along their secret recipe for aged Gouda. Settling in a remote section of County Cork near Macroom, the Willems began making their Gouda-style cheese in a new country.

With a smooth, caramel flavor, this cow milk cheese has an amazingly satisfying chewiness. Aged for at least twelve months, Coolea is a supremely unique cheese born from Dutch traditions and Irish terroir.

Farm / Company: Willems Family Farm/Neal's Yard Dairy

Cheesemaker: Dickie Willems


Affineur: Neal's Yard Dairy

City, State: Macroom

Region: County Cork

Country: Ireland

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Traditional

Rind: Plasticote

Texture: Hard

Aging: 12 months

Size(s): 15 pound wheel