Lamb Chopper: A Mellow Gouda
June 30, 2010
Lamb Chopper is a sheep’s milk gouda made in Holland specifically for Cypress Grove Chevre (of Arcata, California). Lamb Chopper is a firm cheese made from pasteurized milk and is aged for 3 months. It has a dark waxed rind.
The interior of Lamb Chopper is a pleasant beige, turning to a deeper gold at the rind. The surface of the cheese has small, shallow dimples yet is otherwise smooth to the touch. Lamp Chopper is easier to slice than the aged gouda we tried in early June and does not have the aged gouda’s flakiness.
Lamb Chopper’s scent is akin to parmesan “with more pump.” The odor is tangy and sharp, but not unpleasant.
The flavor of Lamb Chopper is similar to an aged gouda or sharp cheddar in that its flavor is tangy and salty. However, we found Lamb Chopper more mellow and with creamier mouth feel than the aged gouda we tried in early June. Lamb Chopper’s flavor does not linger on the tongue.
Lamb Chopper failed to win over Ben and Jacob and neither suggested that I buy this cheese again. Since neither was a big fan of the aged gouda, I am curious to explore if there are any gouda-style cheeses that will catch their fancy.
Lamb Chopper is more mellow than an aged gouda in color, initial flavor and aftertaste. This would be a nice cheese to share with family (especially those with small kids) or take on a picnic.