New Armagh Cider washed cheese from Ballylisk

Food NI member Ballylisk of Armagh, producer of the successful Triple Rose, a triple cream premium cheese, has introduced a new product that’s washed in sweet cider from Armagh Cider Company.

The new cheese is based on Ballylisk’s existing triple cream product that was launched last year and is selling well in Northern Ireland, Great Britain and other parts of Europe.

Triple Rose, for example, has won business with Heritage Cheese at Borough Market.

Triple Rose has also attracted the attention of leading chefs in Britain and Ireland as well as major retailers in the London. The cheeses are hand crafted by Dean and brother Mark in the dairy’s purpose-built creamery in Portadown.

Dean Wright, Ballylisk’s, founder and managing director, commenting on the new cheese, says: “I wanted to add an additional product using Triple Rose as a base and looked at harnessing the potential of another great taste from Armagh, premium cider.

“Armagh Cider Company is a close neighbour and produces a range of superb ciders. So, it made sense to use one of their award-winning ciders to create a new cheese. Washing our triple cream cheese with the cider and then maturing for around two months has created a rich and firmer cheese with a distinctive Armagh apple flavour,” he adds.

Further cheeses are in the pipeline at Ballylisk.

Uniquely, Ballylisk only processes milk produced on the family dairy farm. The family has many years’ experience of producing the highest quality milk. This means Ballylisk has total control over its entire operation, from ‘farm to fork’. All produce is branded ‘Ballylisk of Armagh’.

The new cheese maintains this basic branding with subtle changes of Ballylisk of Armagh.