It’s not often that a hunk of cheese will have me writing up a blog post. (Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about cheese.)
I usually don’t care for aged cheeses, since they go against two of my avoidance categories for cheese: they’re generally hard and smelly. We had guests over last weekend, and Robin instructed me to pick up a good cheese platter type aged cheese, so I got a hunk of Rembrandt Extra Aged Gouda.
Well, we never opened it last weekend, so I got it out to add some cheese to the kids’ lunch the other day, and sliced off a little piece to try for myself. Good thing I did, because this is now my favorite cheese ever. In fact, it’s the best cheese I’ve ever tried. It has a great consistency–not creamy like young gouda, but also not too brittle. The flavor is sensational. It has a nutty sort of taste, very rich and creamy, with a sweet finish. There are calcium lactate crystals in the cheese that give it the occasional crunch, which rounds off the texture very nicely. Like I said, I don’t usually care for extra aged cheese at all, so I was blown away by this one.
I got this chunk of cheese at BJ’s, and it’s not cheap at ten bucks for half a pound, but it’s well worth the money. Shave off really thin slices, and sit down with a good Italian red wine, and you will be in cheese heaven for a little while. If you like good cheese, and you have a BJ’s nearby, you should see if they carry this one, and bring home a piece or three.