The twenty-third cheese on the #cheeseadventcalendar
is Black Betty imported by @essexstcheese
. This super rare goats milk Gouda is an extra-aged version of Brabander Gouda. It’s not available anywhere in Columbus (or Ohio as far as I’m concerned), so my friend @ngreen820
was kind enough to send me a piece from Boston because I’d never had it before. It was a journey getting here, USPS dropped it off 4 or 5 days later than expected, but this cheese is the epitome of that phrase, “good things come to those who wait.” And oh honey, is this a good thing. This taste is a full flavor roller coaster. It’s a story with a true beginning, middle, and end and it takes a few minutes after swallowing it for the flavor to finish rounding out on the palate, which is really cool to experience. It’s hazelnutty and caramelized at the start, and then it has a surprising umami soy sauce flavor that comes up in the middle, and has just a hint of goat flavor at the end that is just a whisper. The flavor is full, bold, and intense. I’ve just been snacking on it plain recently since it’s a new one for me and the flavor. Is so interesting, but I really want to try this with a reduced balsamic glaze. That dark flavor would hold up to it’s stronger flavor. If you can get your hands on this, don’t hesitate and just get it. It only comes out once a year, it’s hella rare, and if you’re lucky enough to run into her in person, Treat. Yo. Self. It’s 110% worth it. And when photographing it I had to pair her with my favorite of the sexy Christmas man ornaments that my talented partner @rushmonster
made because this piece of cheese was my Christmas present to myself! Also to my fellow cheese professionals around the world today, try to take a moment to breathe. Yes, it’s the busiest day of the year for us, but try to take care of yourselves. We’re almost there! Go sell that cheese! You can do it!