The Beemster Cheese Family
The Lady was thrilled this week when three varieties of Beemster Cheese arrived at her Kiosk: the twenty-six month aged “XO”; the sublime “Vlaskass” and the delightful mustard-seeded “Mustard Seed”.
All three became the centerpiece of the Gouda section of her Kiosk.
- Matured for a minimum of 26 months
- Flavors of Butterscotch, Whiskey and Pecan
- Long lasting taste
- Deep golden color
This cheese starts out smooth but the bite is amazing. All of a sudden, your mouth explodes as the taste of whiskey grabs your tastebuds and throws them against the roof of your mouth. It’s a taste you won’t soon forget…and you’ll find yourself sitting outside the fridge door praying The Lady (or The Man) will come along and take pity on you…and just so you know, it doesn’t help your case to be waiting with a recently deceased, but still warm Sciurus griseus laying in front of your feet…try convincing The Lady that it’s a gift…sheesh…not buying it…but I digress…
Beemster with Mustard is a unique cheese with robust flavour. This cheese is sure to pleasantly surprise any audience. Beemster with Mustard Seed is a superb addition to hamburgers on the grill or any dish where the added texture of the mustard seeds can be appreciated. With some English Cheddars that include mustard seeds, the mustard taste overpowers the cheese. Not with Beemster; the balance is just about perfect. The cheese is sweet and creamy and the mustard seeds blend very well.
Beemster Vlaskaas is the newest addition to Beemster’s line of Premium Gourmet Dutch Cheeses; however, it is the oldest cheese recipe of the group. When translated Vlaskaas mean Flax cheese. Back in the day, this cheese was made during the harvest festival of the flax for the workers to eat on thick slices of bread while they worked and celebrated. Over time, the festival ceased to exist and with it this cheese was also lost.
Of the three, Vlaskaas is my favorite. It is sweet and creamy like the Mustard Seed, and you can taste the blue sea clay in this cheese as well – terroir strikes again…
I give the Family of Beemster Cheeses 4 out of 4 Paws (cause that’s all I’ve got) and an enthusiastic tail wagging to make sure you understand how truly remarkable these cheeses are…
Serving Suggestions: These cheeses can all be used as table cheeses to be enjoyed on a thick slice of Artisan Bread or with grapes and pears. The XO can be grated and used as a substitue for Parmigiano-Reggiano on risotto and pastas.
Wine pairings: XO should be enjoyed with a Port or a robust red. Vlaskaas goes well with Beaujolais and Mustard Seed pairs with Pinot Grigio.
Beer Pairings: Belgium Beers.
Awards: Vlaskaas – Gold Medal 2006 – Wisconsin Cheese Competition.
Source: Cow’s Milk from the Beemster Polder