Reypenaer V.S.O.P.

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Country of Origin: The Netherlands
Region: Utrecht
City / Village: Woerden
Type of Milk: Cow
Cheese Style: Hard
Flavor Profile: Medium-strong

This is a Fabriekskaas Gouda that is made using pasteurized milk and is aged naturally in an historic cheese aging warehouse on the Old Rhine river in the town of Woerden. This facility allows for the free movement of air and natural fluctuations of temperature in which the cheese loses 1/4 of its weight over the 2 year aging process.

The producer of this cheese pays the farmers who deliver the milk more money in order to keep the cows outside during the summer months so that the milk develops a greater depth of flavor.

In 2007 this cheese won the Gold for best Dutch cheese and the trophy for best continental (Europe) cheese at the International Nantwich Cheese Show (UK). We compare this cheese to the other aged Goudas on the market and we find a world of difference in the balance of flavors that develop on the palate with notes of dried fruits and caramel. The texture is firm but melts slowly on the palate and has bits of crystallized proteins throughout its interior.

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Reypenaer V.S.O.P.
Product ID: 02047
Price: $15.48 / ½ lb
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