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Wednesday, January 25 2023

Honeybee Goat Gouda

By: Allison Spurrell
A classic Dutch Gouda, but made with goat’s milk

Honeybee Goat Gouda is a classic, firm Dutch Gouda from the Netherlands but made with goat's milk.

This cheese is made by Cheeseland, in Holland. Their company mission is to import Dutch cheese into North and South America. They have a variety of different cheeses, from traditional classic Goudas to new styles. This newer creation is a terrific addition. Made in the typical four-kilogram size, this extremely popular cheese is one of our bestselling goat cheeses. When the cheese is being made, a small amount of honey is added to the curd before pressing. Once the cheese is aged to perfection, the paste of the cheese is firm and slightly brittle, but it still has a pleasant creaminess on the palate. As with all Gouda it is waxed on the outside to protect the cheese.

Tasting Notes: The importance of honey and the aging process are equally important. Both things are very evident on your first taste of Honeybee. The first taste is a tiny bit salty and then the balance of caramel notes is perfect. The cheese is not overly sweet at all and has unique floral hints and a lovely rich nutty finish. Some butterscotch or caramel notes are common in very aged Dutch cheeses, but the uniqueness of the aging, the honey and the goat’s milk is the perfect triple threat.

Pairing: Due to the slight sweetness of the cheese, it will pair well with a lot of different condiments, from sweet to savoury. I like it with toasted nuts, and even a really rustic, rye cracker. It stands up well to something more robust, so don’t be scared to try it with something spicy. This cheese is great for wine pairing as well. It is amazing with a wide range of varietals, so it’s a great addition to your tasting board. Don’t let the slight sweetness make you think it would only be good for dessert, it is great with any number of red wines. Although Honeybee is quite aged it still melts well, so it’s worth trying in a grilled cheese sandwich. Olive bread, onion jam and Honeybee Goat Gouda anyone?

Written By: Allison Spurrell
Allison Spurrell
Allison Spurrell

Allison Spurrell stocks the larders of the city’s finest restaurants and your fridge alike, through les amis du FROMAGE, cheese shops in the Kitslano and Strathcona neighbourhoods in Vancouver which she runs with Joe Chaput. Their shelves are filled with 400 cheeses, including local, raw milk French, Italian and other specialties. They also sell foie gras, pâtés, crackers, biscuits, varietal olive oils, vinegars and other specialty food items and their kitchen in Strathcona prepares popular frozen taken away meals. Les amis du FROMAGE has received Vancouver Magazine's Restaurant Award as a top food supplier to Vancouver’s best restaurants and hotels. Allison is a proud member of Confrerie les Chevalier du Taste Fromage de France. To buy cheese visit: les amis du FROMAGE in Kitslano - 1752 West 2nd Ave | Tel (604) 732-4218 or Strathcona - 843 East Hastings St | Tel 604-253-4218 | www.buycheese.com.