Dutch Gouda Cheese is the most well known cheese in the world named after the city of Gouda in the Netherlands. It is one of the most popular cheeses in the world, 50 to 60 percent of cheese sold in the western world is the Gouda cheese from Holland, although Asia is starting up as an importer of Dutch cheese due to strong popularity towards Western cuisine (“Kaas” in Dutch) Gouda cheese is classified by age. MORE
Aged Gouda has been on the cheese shelf for the special aging procedure for over one year, the maturing brings out the complex flavours of the cheese.
Aged Gouda is prepared the same way as other Gouda cheeses. It is shaped into the well known wheel that can be effectively sliced into wedged for consumption. With aging, Gouda cheese develops calcium lactate crystals formed by the lactic acid in the cheese. It proffers an enjoyable crunch that is unique aged Gouda.
The time a cheese is kept in maturation cellars determents the taste. An over two years old gouda cheese will be very peppy and is for the cheese lover a real treat. However Medium Gouda is the more popular one.
Gouda cheese goes well with red wines. The taste of Vintage or Aged Gouda gets a new definition when it is paired with some white wines and any fruity wine.