It’s no secret that Ireland’s favourite cheese board has become a global phenomenon.
As well as the iconic cheese board of Brie and Brie with a hint of Gruyere, the country has also enjoyed the likes of Cheddar, Brie, and even Parmesan on its plates.
The cheese board may not be the most visually striking of cheese boards, but the quality of the ingredients and quality of its selection are.
Each cheese board on the menu at any given time has its own unique flavour and it’s important to understand that the choice of cheese on the board is based on a range of factors.
If you’re in Dublin you’ll notice that the selection of cheese from the island’s various regions has expanded in recent years, with new regions such as Laois and Kildare coming into the fold.
However, the selection on the cheese board can vary considerably depending on which region the cheese is sourced from, and the choice on the boards can also depend on the location of the cheese.
In Dublin, for example, the most popular board of cheese is Brie from Co. Kildáin.
According to the Food Standards Agency, Bries are made from white and dark red milk and cheese from cows that were raised in the Co.
Kildáins Milk and Cheese District (CKCED).
The milk is aged in the cows’ pens for around six months and then stored in a milk storage tank for up to two years.
When the cheese reaches the cheese shop it is then aged in barrels for up of 12 months, then passed through a series of processes before it is shipped to the cheese factory.
Once the cheese arrives at the factory, it is carefully aged in oak barrels for two years, before it goes through the same process that the cheese shops in Co. Kerry do.
After the cheese goes through this process, it’s then passed to the processing plant where it is further aged in a process that lasts for two more years.
When it arrives at its final destination, the final stage of this process is the blending, or grating.
For cheese boards from Co., Kerry, the blending process takes place in a warehouse with a series in-house processors, and these processors then hand-grind the milk and cream together.
Depending on the region, the flavour of the milk, and if the cheese comes from the KCED area, the process of the blending is different.
Here’s a look at the best cheese boards in the country, with a brief summary of what each cheese board contains.
Brie cheese board: Brickell, Co. Mayo, IrelandA traditional favourite of Brickell locals, Brickell cheese has a distinct flavour.
It is made from cows’ milk, with the cream being added to the mix after the cows have finished their own milk.
The cream is then left to dry in the sun before being grated and mixed with the cheese, before being added back to the milk.
There are two types of Bries available in the Brickelen region: the Brie Brie is produced by the Bickell Dairy in the area, and is the most widely available.
Parmesan cheese board : The famous Parmesan cheese is produced in the region and is sourced in the town of Parma.
Parmesan is sourced locally and sourced from the CIC and is available on a special selection of boards.
Cheddar cheese board and Bricks: Cherry Brie cheese is also available in a number of locations in the Crickell region, but there is no Parmesan in Brickes.
Livorno cheese board (Livorno): Lavorno is a traditional and iconic local favourite.
It’s made from sheep’s milk, but is also sourced from CIC, as is the Blicke.
Kittel cheese board from Crickelens Blickelen: The Lincrún Blickell Cheese Board is the second most popular cheese board in the county, and can be found on the shelves of almost every shop in the village.
It has a rich and rich flavour that is complimented by a soft, gooey texture.
Milk is sourced at the Cickelens Milk and cheese Processing Plant.
Stilton cheese board – Stilton: Stilman’s Blickings is the local supplier of Stilmans Milk and Milk from the Birchern farm.
Netherlands: Luxembourgese cheese board.
It was first released in 2002 and has since been exported to over 40 countries.
The cheese is made in the large CIC dairy and is made on a very special selection.
It can be purchased at local stores in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Mayo, Waterford, Louth, Galton, Clare, and Limerick.
Sicily: Italy is the cheese region that