Friday, January 24, 2014

Tasting Plate Close Up: Latte Da Gouda

Latte Da Gouda from Flower Mound, TX
Anne Jones of Latte Da Dairy is the kind of cheesemaker who makes cheese because it enables her to have goats. A retired veterinarian, Jones applies her expertise and great love of animals to the running of her dairy. To give them the best possible care, she keeps her herd small, just 20 or so does of the Nubian and Lamancha breeds. She's quick to tell you that her girls are stars, winning numerous accolades from the American Dairy Goat Association.

Her cheeses are stars too. The American Cheese Society has graced them with multiple ribbons, including a 3rd place for her Goat Caerphilly in 2012. Jones makes delicious chevre and feta, but she sets herself apart with her aged cheeses. Hard, aged goat cheeses are rare, especially in Texas. Good hard aged goat cheeses are even rarer as they are not easy to make well.

We love her Goat Gouda. The texture is firm, but the mouthfeel is rich, not dry or waxy. It's sweet and delicate in flavor, with hints of salted caramel.

It's on the tasting plate this week. Come by to give it a try!

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