The time has come for me to open up the Reader’s Choice Gouda, normally I would wait another month, but with the end of February a few days away, I needed to have a taste to see if it would be any good as I made some tweaks to the recipe. Just a recap, I used Gianaclis Caldwell’s Gouda recipe, but added some lipase to the mix as a flavour enhancer. I also used a turmeric/olive oil mix to coat the rind with instead of waxing it. I was forced to vacuum seal it for ageing as I had humidity issues with the cave. Well without further ado her are some of the pictures of the 2 Month Gouda with the tasting notes to follow.
Tasting Notes - Reader`s Choice Gouda:
- Appearance: Beautiful colour on the rind from the turmeric and great contrast from the rind to the paste and it gives the appearance that the cheese has been waxed.
- Nose (aroma): It has a nice Gouda smell, with just a slight hint of turmeric
- Overall Taste: Surprisingly it was about a medium flavour, I had expected it to be mild. I chalk that up to the addition of the Lipase
- Sweet to Salty: On the savoury side with but neither salty or sweet.
- Mild (mellow) to Robust to Pungent (stinky): I would say this has a mild aroma to it, that I believe will grow as the cheese ages.
- Mouth Feel: (gritty, sandy, chewy, greasy, gummy, etc.): Creamy, smooth, with a bit of bite towards the centre of the paste.
I will be making this version of Gouda again, and especially with the turmeric rubbed rind. I am pleased that the addition of the lipase did not overpower the cheese and you can definitely tell this is a Gouda, or at least a Gouda Style. I have to admit that I was disappointed at first that Gouda was the choice, but now I am glad that it was. This is one of my best cheeses to date, my select group of co-worker tasters agreed that it was good. Thank you to everyone who voted on this.
I will have some more updates in the next few weeks on other cheeses and I will keep updating this cheese as it ages. Don’t forget to like Much To Do About Cheese on Facebook for more pictures and updates
Go make some cheese, I know I will be.