There was a big break in my 'cheese board' series, but today I have something special for you. I only hope that wherever you live you'll be able to taste this one :) Yes, an Irish cheese and it's a Brie! My Hubby insisted that we try Irish instead of French brie this time and I'm glad I've listened.
"Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese is a small family business in the South East of Co. Wicklow in Ireland. The Hempenstall family have been milking cows on a small dairy farm at Curranstown, Arklow for the past 50 years. John established Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese in 2005 to supplement farm income. He milks approximately 60 cows and has developed a distinctive range of cheeses using only his own pasteurised milk from his herd of Friesian cows. The cheeses are handmade, in a purpose built dairy on the farm, by the entire Hempenstall family, over seen by John. They have won gold, silver and bronze awards at, among others, the British Cheese Awards and have been recommended by John and Sally McKenna." - as per their website.
The cheese itself is very delicate - nice, soft, almost creamy texture and the taste isn't too strong. It will be perfect in a salad or generally to use for cooking, as the taste won't overpower other ingredients in your dish.
It will be perfect on a small crostini with for ex Parma ham and/or a little bit of vinegar. Good red wine like Bordeaux will be the best - as it's not too acidic and will be great with the light, creamy Wicklow Brie.