Vintage 5 Year Gouda is produced in the "Het Groene Hart" area of northern Holland using a traditional Dutch Gouda recipe.
Milk for production is sourced from Dutch Holstein cows based at a number of small scale local dairies, typical of the region. The majority of the dairies belong to cooperatives that supply the local cheesemakers.
Cheeses that make the grade for the Vintage 5 year have undergone a constant and rigorous selection process during their maturation. Like wine, cheeses reach their peak at different times and it is a relatively small number that have the appropriate flavor profile that enable them to be kept for a five year period.
During this time, wheels are regularly turned to allow even moisture distribution and graded to ensure the flavors are developing as they should.
The texture of the Vintage 5 year is a deep caramel color, dotted with white flecks of crystalized amino acids that give the cheese a crunchy mouthfeel. The texture of the cheese is hard, dense and flaky.
Flavors are extremely rich and sweet, with intense yet balanced tastes of butterscotch and a hint of salt.