Maple Leaf Smoked Gouda
Perfecting the craft since 1912, Maple Leaf, the Wisconsin farmer cooperative makes this creamy Gouda with real smoky flavor from Hickory. First they start with the pasteurized milk from neighboring farms, and then they allow extra acidification to occur so that the tanginess is still perceptible through the smoke. A delicate smokiness gives away to a pleasantly light, umami bacon flavor. Further aging allows the smoke to permeate through to the core, making it perfect for burgers and a pilsner or adding a smoky kick to mac and cheese.