Marieke Aged Gouda
Can you tell this cheese isn't from The Netherlands? Probably not, because the Penterman family has a dairy background in The Netherlands and in fact they came to Wisconsin because the land is still plentiful. Their recent Gouda making education in Holland shows they studied hard. Since being introduced in 2006, they Goudas have been winning US competitions. They are in the midst of transitioning from pasteurized to raw milk with a herd of 720 Holstein cows (all rBGH-free) providing the freshest milk, directly from their milkings to the vat for cheesemaking. This one is aged for nine months and is just as sweet, nutty and firm as its Dutch counterpart.