Mature Sheeps Tomme

Cais na Tire


Maker: Marion Roeleveld (milk supplied by Barry Cahalan and Lorraine Davis)
Region: Tipperary, Ireland
Type: hard
Milk: sheep
Rennet: traditional
Rind: natural
Age: 6+ months



Cais na Tire is wonderful ewe’s milk cheese from Barry Cahalan and Lorraine Davis of Borrisokane, north Tipperary. Cais na Tire is best described as a cross between Manchego & Parmesan with it’s crumbly texture and sweet, caramel notes.

In 2013 Barry and Lorraine left agricultural college to set-out on their own on family land. They had initially wanted to go into dairy cow farming but were unable to afford the large initial capital investment. Rather than abandoning their dream they decided to start a sheep dairy, which requires much lower startup costs. They set about building a shed and bought a handful of Lacaune and Friesland dairy sheep. Farmed seasonally from Spring to Autumn the sheep are kept out at pasture feeding on the fresh grass of the Tipperary plains.

Barry and Lorraine were lucky enough to be located close to their good friend Marion Roeleveld who makes the fantastic Killeen Goats Gouda. Working with Marion, and using the fantastic rich milk from their dairy sheep, a new cheese was soon born: Cais Na Tire. Not as supple as Marion’s Gouda recipe (the curd isn’t washed like Gouda), Cais Na Tire has a flakier texture and is similar to the hard sheep’s milk Tommes of the south of France.

At present Barry and Lorraine have just 200 sheep, which means that only a very small amount of Cais Na Tire cheeses is made each week; it’s a rare find!

Cais na Tire is the perfect local replacement for parmesan when it comes to risottos and pasta dishes, but also works well on a cheeseboard due to it’s sweet caramel notes. Why not try it shaved over the top of a delicious Ballyhoura Risotto Meal Kit for a easy weeknight meal?

Circular Dimensions: 18cm (W) x 13cm (H)

Additional information


Pasturised sheeps milk, starter cultures, animal rennet, salt

Allergen Advice

Contains Milk


Cake Layer, Half Round, Quarter Round, Whole Round, 250g Serves 3-5, 500g Serves 6-10, 1Kg Serves 10-20

Item will be wrapped in waxed paper, and packed for delivery in our eco-friendly Woolcool pouch, guaranteeing a constant temperature for up to 72 hours. The price of the Woolcool pouch is £3.95 which will be added at checkout. Please select a delivery day Wednesday-Friday as we prefer not to ship chilled orders after Wednesday (Mainland UK) or Thursday (NI/ROI) as delays will mean the goods will sit in the couriers warehouse over the weekend and probably spoil.


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