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Inagh Farmhouse Cheese Ltd.
(St. Tola Organic Goat Cheese)


St Tola goats cheeses have been produced in the townland of Inagh, just south of the Burren in North West Clare for over 20 years. Meg and Derrick Gordon wanted to live in this beautiful clean environment and chose goats cheese as the way to procure a living from their 25 acre holding. Derrick who had been a tea plantation foreman in India had the creative ability to take on new pioneering work. Meg, who travelled and lived in Normandy, learned in the old French style,the art of farmhouse cheesemaking. Combining their creativity, St Tola Goat Cheese was born.

St Tola derives its name from a local saint and follows the French tradition of naming their cheeses after their saints. The unique flavours of St Tola Goat Cheese owe much to the clean environment in which they are produced; flavours that are suggestive of the sea and with undertones of peat.

In 1999 Siobhán began to learn the tradition of making St Tola from Meg. During this time new state of the art cheese rooms and good housing in accordance with EU regulations were built on Siobháns family farm near Gordons. St Tola has been made in these premises since 2000.

Siobhán has developed production capacity and new cheeses have been added to the St Tola range while still retaining the original true St Tola flavour.

Cheeses:

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St Tola Log

This is the original St. Tola product and is the most well known of the St Tola Goats Cheese range. It is a gourmet soft goat cheese which is noted for its light smooth fine grained texture. The taste is creamy and sweet but with any number of sub-flavours. The flavour develops as the cheese matures and the texture becomes more compact. A natural rind develops with ageing. Depending on one's requirement, it can be eaten fresh through to maturity.

Ingredients: Irish Goats Milk, Bacterial Cultures, Salt and Traditional Animal Rennet

Nutritional Information: Fat 29% Protein 20% Moisture Content 51%

Unit Size: 1 Kilo Shelf Life: 6 weeks Packed: 1 Log/box 8 boxes/outer
     

 

 

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St Tola Crottin

These are fresh buttons of goat cheese which just melt in your mouth. The texture is very smooth and the taste is of the varied flavours of rich sweet organic milk. As it matures, the flavours become more pronounced and the textures more firm. A natural rind develops with ageing.

Ingredients: Irish Goats Milk, Bacterial Cultures, Salt and Traditional Animal Rennet

Nutritional Information: Fat 29% Protein 20% Moisture Content 51%

 

Unit Size: 120g Shelf Life: 6 weeks Packed: Individually Wrapped 12/box
         
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St Tola Hard Cheese

This is a hard cheddar type goat cheese, with a marbled pale complexion and exceptionally fine, smooth texture. The taste is sweet and nutty with a gentle tang which becomes more pronounced as it matures.

Ingredients: Irish Goats Milk, Bacterial Cultures, Salt and Traditional Animal Rennet

Nutritional Information: Fat 20% Protein 21% Moisture Content 56%

 

Unit Size: 2.2kg Shelf Life: 1 year Packed: 1/box
Unit Size: 450g Shelf Life:6 months Packed: individually wrapped
6 units/box
Unit Size: 200g Shelf Life:6 months Packed: individually wrapped
12 units/box
   
 
 
Special Dietary Information

St Tola Goats Milk products are easily digested and are highly suitable from a health point of view. The smaller fat globules in goats milk are easy to digest particularly for the very young, the very old or those with cows milk product alergies. Goats milk products have been used to relieve asthma, eczema and migranes.

AWARDS

2009 was a bumper year for St Tola Organic Goats Cheese in County Clare.

Siobhan Ni Ghairbhith’s Organic Cheese won a slew of awards including a prize at the Premio Roma Awards in Rome, medals at the Great Taste Awards and British Cheese Awards and the Best Export Product award at The National Organic Awards.

To finish in September (pictured above) St Tola won Supreme Overall Champion at SHOP.

View our press release.

In 2010, St Tola won ‘Best Producer’ at the Restaurant Association of Ireland Awards and also won a Gold 2 Star Award at the Great Taste Awards 2010 for our Hard Cheese.


Pictured above: Imelda Cahalan, St. Tola, Minister of State at the Dept. of Agriculture Ciaran Cuffe, John Harrington, St.Tola and Eileen Bentley, Bord Bia.


St. Tola were delighted to receive the Bord Bia Award for ‘Best Organic Retail Product’ at the National Organic Awards in September.

Earlier this year, St Tola won ‘Best Producer’ at the Restaurant Association of Ireland Awards and also won a Gold 2 Star Award at the Great Taste Awards 2010 for their Hard Cheese.

Other awards won in 2010:

  • Irish Cheese Awards 2010 ‘Best new cheese on the market for less than 18 months’ – Merit – St. Tola Original
  • Irish Cheese Awards 2010 ‘Best fresh cheese’ – Gold – St. Tola Divine
  • British Cheese Awards 2010 ‘Best new cheese’ – Silver – St. Tola Divine


VIDEOS

St. Tola Organic Goat Cheese, Inagh, Co. Clare featured on RTÉs organic produce programme "Farmers Market" talking about their famous organic goats' cheese. (RTE)  

 


 

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Contact: Siobhan

E-mail: info[at]st-tola.ie

Website: www.st-tola.ie

Inagh Farmhouse Cheese Ltd,
Inagh,
Co. Clare