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Apr 10, 2013 12:54 PM

Good Goudas?

Particularly good goudas? Suggestions?

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  1. I'm not big into Gouda (more a Leyden guy), but now and then I get a couple of Baby Goudas added to my iGourmet order. I notice they have a LOT of choices however and thought their list might be of interest to you. If you've never bought from them, be assured they are a top-notch company.

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    1. re: grampart

      Is Leyden the cheese with cumin seeds?

      I like most of the Gouda cheese I've tasted; just not smoked Gouda. Most recently I bought 3 year aged Gouda from WF. Name escapes me but it was coated in black wax.

      1. re: HillJ

        Yeah, I "discovered" it when, for a while, I couldn't get Norwegian Nokkelost. Now, I find I like it better.

    2. Aged gouda with butterscotch-like, crunchy tryrosine crystallization is my favorite cheese. Don't confuse it with the mass-produced, wax-covered, mild (or smoked) cheese your mom may have bought at the supermarket.


      Also take a look at Mimolette

      Less intense is the goat Ballerina and sheep Ewephoria.

      Lots of good suggestions here too:

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        1. re: thegforceny

          I love those crunchy crystals - I'm not sure the name but I buy the 5 year aged Gouda from Uniekass and it's filled with crystals.

        2. I like the aged Dutch Goudas a great deal! I haven't run across a domestic gouda that develops the depth of Butterscotch Diadactyl nuttiness as a great 3, 5, or even 7 year!
          On the other hand, the Midwest abounds with amazing young-ish to middle aged goudas that are really complex and full of character- I hope to see them aged further!
          Current Faves:
          Fleur de Terre from Traders Point Creamery- Natural rind, organic grassfed milk- tangy, supple, earthy

          Frisian Farms Gouda- farmstead, super complex buttery grassy notes

          Feather Ridge from Ludwig Farmstead creamery- really a fontina, but tangy, nutty, almost meaty

          And my all time go-to domestic gouda: Emmi-Roth Kase VanGogh Gouda- creamy, caramelly, "if each slice of American Cheese were lovingly made by hand, it might taste this good" perfect for kids of all ages.

          1. A 3-yr aged firm Gouda is on my list of favorites. A little less expensive, but good, is Beemster Classic Gouda, aged 18 months.
            They also make a very good Goat Gouda that becomes very complex as it ages.

            1. My personal favorites:
              Beemster XO
              L'Amuse Gouda (not available everywhere)

              I used to sell a ton of a cheese called Parrano. It's billed as a gouda texture that has the taste and bite of Parm. I think it's alright but my friends and customers go CRAZY for it.

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              1. re: cheeseplatesf

                Trader Joe's (among others) carries Parrano. It's another one of those "winner on a cheese plate" cheeses, i.e. a cheese that will please both the cheese-o-philes and the cheese neophytes.

                1. re: cheeseplatesf

                  With you on the Beemster XO. I also love Robusto, which is Parrano, only older. They're now calling it "Parrano Robusto" -- I guess UnieKaas is capitalizing on the name-recognition of Parrano.

                  1. re: cheeseplatesf

                    Beemster XO is my current favorite cheese.