A Life of Cheese – Aged Gouda


The nutty, salty flavor of this fantastic cheeses makes it one of my favorites.
The nutty, salty flavor of this fantastic cheeses makes it one of my favorites.

There are few cheeses I enjoy more than Aged Gouda.  The flavors of this wonderful product combine to bring both sweet and salt to the palate.  While traditional Gouda is a bland cheese and Smoked Gouda is even worse, Aged Gouda (the older the better) is a delight.

Because of the popularity of Parmigiano-Reggiano, this cheese came into fashion in the mid-1900’s.  Typically aged two-to-three years, the body of this cheese, no matter the brand, takes on a caramel/butterscotch color and forms little salt crystals that add to its beauty.  It is a hard cheese that is perfect for eating at room temperature and excellent with olives and a bottle of red wine.  It can also be shredded, like Parmesan.

Several years ago, I was able to get a block of five-year-old Gouda.  I have never had anything to compare.  The other day we enjoyed some 1000 day-old Gouda with some baguette and a glass of Cabernet.  It was the perfect way to end a day and a great way to start the year of tasting Cheeses.