Leaving Holland in search of the Irish good-life, Marion Roeleveld went on to develop Killeen a goats milk Gouda made with milk from her own goats.
The cheese develops a greater depth of flavour as the sweetness and toasty-roasted hazelnut flavours show through. When visiting Ireland several years ago, Marion Roeleveld fell in love with the place (and a particular goat farmer called Haske). Haske farmed around 40 goats in the small village of Killeen and was supplying the milk to the local creamery. In 2004 Marion relocated to Ireland from Holland. Dutch by birth, she’d grown up on a dairy farm and had studied how to make cheese at agricultural school. Using these skills, she developed a cheese in a style she knew Gouda. Killeen Goats Milk Gouda was born. Goats milk is more frequently used to make smaller, fresher cheeses, as it is such delicate milk. Making Gouda from goats milk, therefore, is quite unique.
The herd has since increase to 200 stark-white Saanen goats (a traditional Swiss breed which, being stark-white, is not so good with sunlight ideal for Ireland!).
Gouda cheeses have the curd washed, removing acidity, which has given Killeen a unique style and taste slightly sweet, nutty and floral, with a gentle goat flavour.
Made by Marion Roeleveld in Ballyshrule, Galway, Ireland.
Circular Dimensions: 27cm (W) x 10cm (H)