Our Smoked Gubbeen is made in Schull, County Cork, by the Ferguson Family. Their springy, creamy cheese is made with milk from their own herd who graze on pastures overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The cheeses are washed in brine to create a sticky orangery skin. Once the cheese has matured, they smoke it using a smoke box and cold oak smoking techniques, traditionally used for sides of salmon. The cheese itself has an elastic texture and a unique flavour profile of mushrooms, nuts and a gentle smokiness.
On the Ferguson’s farm everything is utilised within their cheesemaking and charcuterie business. The rich pastures of their farm provide the grass for their mixed herd of Jersey, Friesian, Simmenthal and Kerry cows. The milk from these cows is made into cheese and all of the leftover whey is fed to their pigs who are used to produce charcuterie.
This cheese makes a perfect accompaniment to a platter of British charcuterie alongside a glass of dry cider.