Country of Origin: Holland
Milk-type: Pasteurized Cow’s Milk
Having been referred to by name in historical texts as far back as 1184, Gouda is one of the oldest cheeses in the world that is still made today—and one of the most popularly enjoyed cheeses, worldwide. While the name ‘Gouda’ is now used as a fairly general term for a variety of similarly-styled cheeses from around the Globe: traditional Gouda originates in South Holland.
Since the Middle Ages, the name Gouda has encapsulated a traditional but relatively broad style of cheesmaking; like cheeses with the name ‘Cheddar’, Goudas vary considerably in terms of texture, flavour, and overall “strength” of taste—but share certain consistencies of production and presentation. Aged Goudas, as the name suggests, have been ripened for a more considerable period of time than a Mild or Medium version. As such, they are firmer, drier, and exhibit the beginnings of a pleasantly caramelly sharpness and a more pronounced salt presence. The texture is firm but with a melt-in-your-mouth consistency; the colour is darker than that of a younger Gouda, ranging from butterscotch to amber.
Aged Goudas are generally considered to have a good melt, both soft and gooey, but not greasy. As such, Aged Gouda cheese is quite suitable for cooking with. It makes an excellent base cheese for a baked Macaroni and Cheese, serves well on burgers, and can even be used for Fondue and Raclette. Aged Gouda slices easily, and the warm, nutty-sharp flavour makes it a popular choice for inclusion in sandwiches, or for serving along with fresh fruits and vegetables, crackers, or bread.
Bevergae Pairings: Fruity Reds; any wine with dark fruit or berry tasting notes. Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux are especially well suited to Aged Gouda, and the slightly spicy character of a Pinot Noir can add interesting dimension while accenting the sharp-sweet caramel notes particular to this cheese. Hefeweizen and Pilsner beers both pair well with the naturally sweet character and full body of an aged Gouda, as do sparkling apple or pear juices.
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