Old Amsterdam Dutch Gouda Cheese is a gourmet cheese that is ripened to perfection and regularly checked for flavour. It is a gourmet Gouda cheese of exceptionally high and consistent quality, with a buttery mature aged flavour that cuts with ease.
What type of cheese is Old Amsterdam?
Old Amsterdam Dutch Cheese is a premium aged gouda cheese made from cow’s milk. It has a firm texture, deep color, and smooth, rich and robust flavour. Gouda cheese in general is named after the town of Gouda, located in the South Holland province of The Netherlands. Gouda has been a center of trade for farmers and cheese makers for centuries.
What is an Aged Gouda?
Aged gouda, a washed-curd cheese, is always made from standardized milk. It has a minimum butterfat content of 48% (Edam cheese, a close relative, has a butterfat content of 40%). Traditionally, Old Amsterdam is ripened on wooden shelves to form its typical semi-hard structure, with a deep caramel colour. The body of the cheese may contain tiny holes, called “eyes.” In addition, crunchy white protein (or ‘ripening’) crystals appear during the ripening process.
How is Old Amsterdam made?
Old Amsterdam is made from cow’s milk, with the addition of rennet and a cheese culture. After years of experimentation, dedication, and collaboration with well-established dairy producers, the Westland family found the specific cheese culture that gives Old Amsterdam its specific smooth, rich, and robust taste while visiting Italian farmers. Old Amsterdam’s unique ripening process consists of three stages, each with its own conditions, similar to the traditional warehouse process. Old Amsterdam is released to market when it has reached the perfect taste – never before.
How long has Old Amsterdam been aged?
Westland uses taste and quality to determine when Old Amsterdam is perfectly ripened; on average this takes approximately 8 months. Therefore the decision to hold or release a particular batch of Old Amsterdam rests with our master cheese makers, and nobody else.
What makes Old Amsterdam special?
Old Amsterdam is made from a secret family recipe which provides its complex flavour profile, often described with terms such as “butterscotch/caramel” and “bouillon.” Compared to other aged goudas, Old Amsterdam is not dry, crumbly, or salty. In conclusion it has a smooth texture, which makes it soft in the mouth, and easy to cut or slice.