Killeen - Hard/Firm Goat Milk British Isle Artisan Cheese


Made by Marion Roeleweld, a Dutch Lady now living the 'good life' in Galway, Ireland. Killeen is made by hand, using washed goats' curd from Marion's herd of 200 Saanen Goats, to compose a singular Gouda style cheese. The goats munch on clover rich pastures, conferring this splendid Gouda with a floral hit to complement its fudge-like sweetness.

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Saanen Goats

The Saanen, German: 'Saanenziege', French: 'Chèvre de Gessenay', is a Swiss breed of domestic goat. It takes its name from the Saanental in the Bernese Oberland, in the southern part of the Canton of Bern, in western Switzerland.



The process of pasteurisation involves heating milk to 71.7°C for at least 15 seconds (and no more than 25 seconds). Because of the nature of the heat treatment it sometimes referred to as the ‘High Temperature Short Time’ (HTST) process. Once the milk has been heated, it is then cooled very quickly to less than 3°C. The equipment which is used to heat and cool the milk is called a ‘heat exchanger’.


Suitable for vegetarians

Vegetarian rennets are either vegetable-based (made from plants such as figs, nettles and thistles), microbial (produced using moulds and fungi sources) or made using genetically modified rennet.

A Word on Rennet & Rind Maturing

"Killeen has a hard rind which is a traditional dutch gouda technique using a very thin layer of breathable plastic type coating. This has two benefits, one the cheese is very robust in terms of maturation, and more importantly locks in a lot of moisture enhancing texture and flavour. 

Perry James WakemanCheese Guy & Maturer

Drimna West, Co. Galway, Ireland

County Galway is on Ireland’s western seaboard. Its eastern areas feature rolling farmland plains. To the west are the raised bog, heathered hills, lakes and mountains of Connemara. Crossed by trails, Connemara National Park has prehistoric megalithic tombs. The park shelters a herd of Connemara ponies, as well as rich birdlife. The county capital, Galway City, is known for its traditional music venues.

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Marion Roeleveld

Dutch by birth Marion move to Ireland in 2004, born and raised on a dairy farm, Marion continued her education into the dairy industry and in particular cheesemaking. Putting what she learnt at agricultural school into practice and utilising her heritage. Marion began to develop a cheese which was akin to the famous dutch cheese, Gouda. This was the beginnings of cheese of what we know today as Killeen, but with a slight twist of using Goats' Milk rather usual Dutch standard of Cows' milk. This created a cheese which held similarities to the traditional the gouda sweetness, but far more delicate and morish. 

As popularity soared for Killeen so did Marion herd of Sannen Goats. Marion is currently using milk from their herd of over 200 goats. These goats are particularly custom to the environment conditions of where the farm is located in Drimna West, Ireland. 

2019: Supreme Champion at the Irish Cheese Awards 2019! for 5 months matured goat’s cheese, for Dunnes Stores Simply Better range.

2019: Gold medal in World Cheese Awards for 5 months matured goat’s cheese, for Dunnes Stores Simply Better range.

Goats' Milk, Salt, Animal Rennet, Starter culture.

of which saturates19.25g
of which sugars<0.1g


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