Soft Goats Log

St Tola Ash


Maker: Siobhan Ni Ghairbhith
Region: Clare, Ireland
Type: soft, log
Milk: goat
Rennet: animal
Rind: natural
Age: 1+ month



Siobhan Ni Ghairbhith runs St. Tola at Inagh Goat Farm, just south of the beautiful Burren area in Co. Clare.

Meg and Derrick Gordon began making St Tola in the Burren in 1978, primarily as a means of making a living out of their 25 acre holding.

All the milk used came from their own herd. Meg had picked up cheese making skills during her time in Normandy, whilst Derrick, as former tea-plantation manager, was no stranger to hard agricultural work. This formidable combination allowed the couple to make a success of their business. Some twenty years later their neighbour, Siobhan Ni Ghairbhith, interested in learning the cheesemaker’s art, began to take lessons from Meg. A year later Meg handed over the running of the business to Siobhan, who took charge of the herd and relocated production to a purpose built cheesemaking facility on the her parent?s family farm, a short distance away.

These days the St. Tola range includes crottins, logs, hard cheeses, Greek style cheese and a soft cream cheese.

St Tola log is a fresh, mild cheese made with raw organic goat’s-milk from the St Tola herd of Saanen and Toggenburg goats. Young St. Tola is fairly loose textured with a mild and creamy flavour. Since the cheese loses moisture as it matures, older St. Tola is firmer textured with a more pronounced flavour, developing a pale yellowish (geotrichum) rind as it matures. When properly matured the cheese has a lightly mould speckled natural rind and a wonderful citrus flavour which mingles with lots of other subtle herbal and even nutty tones. Owing largely to its low salt content at just 1%, St Tola rarely develops real sharpness, and is a fantastic introduction to the world of quality goat’s cheese.

St Tola is also wonderful to cook with and is often used in the nascent modern Irish style, where the emphasis is firmly on the use of quality, local ingredients. Try it on toast with honey, or with filo pastry and tomatoes.

This product will have two weeks shelf life from the date of delivery. Conveniently, at checkout you can choose a delivery date even well in the future if you would like your cheese delivering for a specific event.

Additional information


Unpasturised goats milk, starter cultures, animal rennet, salt


250g Serves 3-5, 500g Serves 6-10, 1Kg Serves 10-20

Allergen Advice

Contains Milk

Item will be wrapped in waxed paper, and packed for delivery in our eco-friendly Woolcool delivery pouch system guaranteeing a constant temperature for up to 72 hours. Price of Woolcool delivery pouch ??3.95 added at checkoutPlease select a delivery day Wednesday-Friday, we prefer not to ship chilled orders after Wednesday (Mainland UK) or Thursday (NI/ROI) as delays will mean the goods sit in the couriers warehouse over the weekend and probably spoil.


There are no reviews yet.

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.


Passionate people supporting passionate producers. A great shop with fantastic produce. Highly Recommend.

Alastair Crown

Fabulous selection of local products. Great staff who took the time to be really helpful, and offered tasting of the produce. Nothing was too much trouble. Great range of products – wish I had had more time to browse. I can’t wait to return.

Shirley Hughes

  • The Guild of Fine Food logo
  • Slow Food logo
  • Taste of Ulster logo
  • Click & Collect
  • NI
  • ROI
  • Mainland UK
  • EU Mainland
    from £14.95 - Contact Us