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Gouda Millenium Extra Vieux is a wonderful cheese. The title ‘millennium’ refers to the amount of time spent aging, which is 1000 days. Extra vieux in French roughly translates to ‘extra old’ which is indeed the case for this specific cheese compared to its younger siblings.
Gouda Millenium Extra Vieux is quite hard and crumbly, thanks to the aging process which has seen a lot of the moisture removed from the cheese. The end result is a deep flavor profile that presents notes of butterscotch and saltiness. It is quite tangy as well.
This cheese is perfect when crumbled over salads and a part of sandwiches. However, due to the uniqueness of the cheese, this is one that should be enjoyed on its own to fully appreciate the deep flavors and texture of the cheese. Pair this delicious cheese with a nice Pinot Noir. The fruity subtleness of the wine will complement the cheese perfectly.
Cheeses (except brined ones in jars) should be stored in the crisper or the butter drawer of a refrigerator, not on the shelves themselves. This is to help regulate their temperature and humidity levels—and prevents the formation of mold. Once opened, they should not be kept in their original packaging. Soft cheeses with delicate rinds need to breathe, so they are best placed in glass containers lined with paper towels to absorb extra moisture. Leave the lid open a tiny bit for air to circulate and don’t forget to write up a label with the date you first opened the package. Kindly pay attention to the best before date label when you receive your cheese. Consume prior to date indicated.