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St Tola Ash

About This Cheese

Lightly flaky and chalky goat’s cheese with a floral and citrusy flavour. The exterior is covered in beautiful ash rind and the interior is a brilliant white. A great example of Irish cheesemaking and a must try. 




RegionBurren, co Clare

ProducerSiobhán Ní Gháirbhith

Milkraw goat



St Tola Ash has been rolled in traditional food grade ash when fresh. These logs are more narrow than the classic St Tola and has a slightly more compact texture. The ash changes the development and maturation of the cheese by making the surface less acidic and thus hospitable to different microorganisms. After a few weeks of careful handling, an elegant, smooth textured and full flavoured cheese emerges.


Siobhan Ni Ghairbhith runs St. Tola at Inagh Goat Farm, just south of the beautiful Burren area in Co. Clare. St. Tola was originally founded by Meg and Derrick Gordon when they began making St Tola in the Burren in 1978, primarily as a means of making a living out of their 25-acre holding. All the milk used came from their own herd. Meg had picked up cheese making skills during her time in Normandy, whilst Derrick, as former tea-plantation manager, was no stranger to hard agricultural work. This formidable combination allowed the couple to make a success of their business. Some twenty years later their neighbour, Siobhan Ni Ghairbhith, interested in learning the cheesemaker’s art, began to take lessons from Meg. A year later Meg handed over the running of the business to Siobhan, who took charge of the herd and relocated production to a purpose-built cheesemaking facility on the her parent’s family farm, a short distance away. These days the St. Tola range includes crottins, logs, hard cheeses, Greek style cheese and a soft cream cheese.

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Nutritional Information

Ingredients, Allergens In Bold: Irish raw goats milk , Organic sea salt, Cultures, Vegetarian Rennet, Food grade charcoal

Nutritional Information

Energy                             1081 kj /100g

Fat                                          20.8g /100 g

Of which saturates          14.5g

Carbohydrate                    2.8 g / 100 g

Of which sugars                <0.1 g

Protein                                 15.5 g/ 100 g

Salt                                         1g/100 g

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