Dubliner cheese? Never heard of it. All the more reason to try! The packaging says “aged cheese with a distinctive taste and a natural hint of sweetness.” I’m pretty excited about the distinct taste part. This Dubliner cheese is made from grass-fed cows milk and distributed by Kerrygold, an Irish dairy company. Dubliner cheese’s history is slightly complicated. It was first produced in 1996 by Carbery, a cheese and nutrition (strange combo huh?) company located in West Cork, Ireland. Kerrygold (owned by Ornua) is the international brand that distributes it to countries outside of Ireland. Dubliner cheese is said to draw its inspiration (obviously) from the complexity and worldliness of the city of Dublin, Ireland. Now let’s get to tasting…
First off, this cheese has a gloriously delightful smell. It smells very buttery and sweet with a little bit of funk. It has notes of both cheddar and Parmesan. The smell of this cheese makes me feel like I’ve got a warm bowl of buttery pasta with shredded parm on top sitting right in front of me.
The taste matches the smell. It’s creamy and has a fantastic balance of sweet and savory with a slight piquant bite to it. It is essentially like a soft, buttery Parmesan. I could eat the whole brick, but I need to use it to make something else so I have to hold myself back. Damn. I’m coming back for seconds!
Dubliner cheese would work marvelously shredded atop some spaghetti cacio e pepe in place of the Parmesan.
Pairs Well With
Food – Crusty bread
Wine – Cabernet
Beer – Guinness
Dubliner Cheese Trivia
Dubliner cheese was said to be an overnight success after being launched in the U.S. in 1998.
Stay tuned for next week when I review Montamoré, another Sartori original!