New Smoked Triple Cream Cheese from Ballylisk of Armagh

Shauna Magill

Invest Northern Ireland

Premium Supplier 29th November 2019

New Smoked Triple Cream Cheese from Ballylisk of Armagh

Cheese innovators Ballylisk of Armagh has introduced a delicious smoked version of its hugely popular Triple Rose, a unique triple cream cheese that's won widespread acclaim here, in the Republic of Ireland and in Great Britain.

The new cheese - the first smoked soft cheese produced in Northern Ireland since the 1970s - is sourced again from Ballylisk's own pedigree Friesian herd and is smoked slowly over beechwood at the company's processing plant.

Food NI member Ballylisk intends to substitute apple wood for beech shortly, which will also reflect the company's commitment to source from suppliers in Armagh.

The new cheese joins the original and very successful Triple Rose triple cream cheese. The cheese has recently been listed by the iconic Fortnum and Mason department store in London's Piccadilly. It is seen understandably by the entrepreneurial brothers as a "huge endorsement of the quality and taste of the product".

Triple Rose from Ballylisk of Armagh, was launched in 2017, based on the 200-acre family farm at Tandragee.

The family has been farming in the Ballylisk area of Armagh since 1820. They have one of the most highly regarded pedigree herds in Ireland. The cheese is processed at their state-of-the-art creamery in Portadown, which is centre of new product development. In addition to the original Triple Rose and the new smoked cheese, Ballylisk has developed an Armagh cider washed variety. This has also won widespread acclaim.

"We've been working on a number of soft cream cheeses in addition to those already introduced and to meet market opportunities that we've identified over the past few months," says Mark.

The diversification into cheese production in 2015 followed an extensive period of market research to identify new business opportunities.

Ballylisk is the only artisan cheesemaker in Northern Ireland with its own milk pool. Triple Rose cheese is now stocked in restaurants, delis and farm shops across Northern Ireland. They also secured business at Borough Market with a specialist cheese retailer. Export business has also been secured in Portugal with a leading supermarket operation and hotel chain.

In these challenging times…

The Staff Canteen team are taking a different approach to keeping our website independent and delivering content free from commercial influence. Our Editorial team have a critical role to play in informing and supporting our audience in a balanced way. We would never put up a paywall and restrict access – The Staff Canteen is open to all and we want to keep bringing you the content you want; more from younger chefs, more on mental health, more tips and industry knowledge, more recipes and more videos. We need your support right now, more than ever, to keep The Staff Canteen active. Without your financial contributions this would not be possible.

Over the last 12 years, The Staff Canteen has built what has become the go-to platform for chefs and hospitality professionals. As members and visitors, your daily support has made The Staff Canteen what it is today. Our features and videos from the world’s biggest name chefs are something we are proud of. We have over 500,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other social channels, each connecting with chefs across the world. Our editorial and social media team are creating and delivering engaging content every day, to support you and the whole sector - we want to do more for you.

A single coffee is more than £2, a beer is £4.50 and a large glass of wine can be £6 or more.

Support The Staff Canteen from as little as £1 today. Thank you.