L'Amuse Gouda, 200g, from Beemster, Holland. Pasteurised Holstein-Fresiandairy cow milk.
Considered the best of all gouda coming from Holland, this cheese made in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Beemster Polder in Northern Holland by CONO Cheesemakers, a cooperative set up by farmers from several neighbouring villages in 1901. Renowned for its creamy texture and smooth yet rich flavour, the calcium crystals dominate the palate, giving it a delicious crunch to compliment the fully rounded flavours of nutty, buttery with hints of caramel and hazelnuts.
Made using pasteurised milk from Holstein-Fresian cows. The curds are pressed in moulds for 24 hours then brined for 36 hours before being dried and transferred to the cellars of L’Amuse near Amsterdam for affinage by Betty Koster and team.
The cheeses mature for around 2 years before being released and sold. Betty matures these goudas at higher temperatures and humidity levels than normal, which allows the crystals to form while preserving the moist, buttery paste.
The resulting flavour is deep, sweet, tangy and rich, with toasted notes of caramel, cocoa, coffee and spice.