Based in New York, the Essex Street Cheese Company is dedicated to sourcing impeccable wheels of classic European cheeses and bringing them to the United States. In addition to Manchego, Parmigiano and feta, they source several goudas from Fromagerie L'Amuse in Amsterdam. L'Amuse's Brabander Goat Gouda has become a favorite of the Essex Street Cheese collection, with its beautiful white paste and lovely flavors of caramel and butter. Every so often, affineur Betty Koster selects a handful of these wheels, normally aged 6-9 months, and holds onto them for an additional 6 months. The extra time in the caves results in a firmer paste and a more intense flavor. To distinguish the cheese from the younger Brabander, Koster coats it in black wax -- hence, the name Black Betty.
This gouda is made from the pasteurized milk of Saanen goats. The wheels are ripened in caves with slightly higher ambient temperatures to ensure proper drying and, in turn, fuller flavors that smack of pineapple and brown butter.
Farm / Company: Fromagerie L'Amuse/Essex Street Cheese Co.
Affineur: Betty Koster
Milk Type: Goat
Milk Treatment: Pasteurized
Aging: 14 months
Size(s): 20-pound wheel