Irish cheesemakers among world’s best

Corleggy Hard Raw Goats Milk Cheese, made by Corleggy Cheeses in Belturbet, Co Cavan, is in the top 2% of world cheeses, after taking a Super Gold accolade at the World Cheese Awards 2016 in Spain.

It was judged the Best Irish Cheese (award sponsored by Horgan’s Delicatessen Supplies) in the largest international cheese competition on the planet. In the 29th year of these prestigious awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, 3,021 cheeses were judged by over 260 of the finest palates and noses from every corner of the globe, including cheesemakers, technical experts, buyers, retailers and food writers.

They nominated 60 cheeses as best in the world, which are judged a second time by a super-jury of 16 internationally recognised experts. They named Kraftkar, made by Tingvollos in Norway, as the World Champion Cheese 2016-17. The awards were presented in San Sebastián, European Capital of Culture 2016, as part of the International Cheese Festival.

The Irish class award prizewinners were:

  • Super Gold: Corleggy Hard Raw Goats Milk Cheese (Corleggy Cheeses).
  • Gold: St Tola Ash Log (Inagh Farmhouse Cheese).
  • Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella (Táirgí Cáise Buabhaill Mhaigh Chromtha Teoranta (Macroom Buffalo Cheese Products Ltd).
  • SuperValu Signature Tastes Gubeen (Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland).
  • Cashel Blue (Cashel Farmhouse Cheese).
  • SuperValu Comte (Musgrave Retail Partners).
  • Silver: Glenstal Foods Irish Vintage White Cheddar (Glenstal Foods Ltd)
  • Simply Better Taleggio (Traditional Cheese Co).
  • Cashel Blue Organic (Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers).
  • Bronze: Yeats Country Spreadable Goats Cheese (Green Pastures, Donegal).
  • Vintage Coolattin Cheddar (Coolattin Cheddar).
  • Simply Better Buffalo Mozzarella (Traditional Cheese Co).
  • Milleens Dote (Milleens Cheese)
  • Simply Better Cashel Blue (Traditional Cheese Co).
  • Simply Better Comte (Traditional Cheese Co).
  • Smooth white Irish cheddar with chilli flakes (Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland)


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