St Tola Irish Goats Cheese
We wish all our loyal customers a safe time during the Covid 19 crisis. As the market has changed so must we. We have opened an online shop for our customers and we have been working with an number of initiatives to sell our cheese our cheese in new online markets. Please see our full list of our shop stockists (including online stores). Our on-line shop above offers a range of St Tola Cheeses and 3 different selection boxes; the latest of which is a Clare Brunch Box, offering a great selection of goods from around the Banner County. Our cheeseboards and cranberry logs are also now avaiable.
Cheese Development and Moulds
A few of our newer customers have asked us a number of questions about the development of St Tola as it ages. St Tola Soft cheeses (our logs, crottin, Divine and Original ) are all truely artisinal cheeses. As such, each batch is a little different and they all change as they mature. All our cheeses will develop a natural bloomy rind that is often a creamy colour. This is a naturally occuring geotrichum candidum rind and is highly prized by artisan cheesemakers! As the fresher cheeses ripen, they may also develop some small spots of mould but there is nothing to worry about with these, in fact some cheese connisseurs actually look for these moulds as a true sign of the artisan nature of the cheese! If you see any of these moulds, please just scrape them off and enjoy the cheese as we would hate to see it wasted. We only use 1% salt in the creating of our cheese (though others who make cheese often use 3-4% salt as it is a preservative which gives a product a longer shelf-life) We feel too much salt interferes with the flavour of the cheese so we only use 1% as we do not want shelf-life to be our priority over true flavour.
We have been making our yummy St Tola hard cheese once again and this is now available in our on line shop and in all good gourmet shops in Ireland.
We are so thankful for the amazing support that our customers have given to us and other Irish producers in the last few months. Above all we want you all to stay happy, safe and healthy. Siobhán and all the crew at St Tola.
Please read Marie Claire Digbys article on 12 of the Best Irish Food Boxes here, we are honoured to have been included https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/food-and-drink/12-of-the-best-irish-food-boxes-delivered-to-your-door-1.4229768?mode=amp
Please listen to Siobhan's interview with Brendan O Connor 4th April discussing the effects of COVID 19 on our business and the Irish Farmhouse Cheese industry.