This Christmas, supermarket Aldi welcomes a luxurious arrival to the cheese aisle, with the Specially Selected Exquisite 1000 Day Aged Gouda, available for the exceptional price of only €3.99 (200g). In stores from Wednesday 12th December, this creamy, intensely flavoured cheese with a crumbly texture and caramel colour is sure to send any cheese connoisseur wild.
Created by expert cheese masters, Landana, in the Green Heart of Holland, Aldi's Gouda is one of the ‘oldest’ on the Irish retail market this Christmas. In comparison to other top tier Gouda’s which are typically aged for a period of 20 weeks (or 140 days), Aldi’s 1000 Day Aged Gouda equates to an incredible 142 weeks.
As part of the long and intense ripening process used by Landana, the cheese is kept in a temperature and humidity-controlled space before the flavour, consistency and colour is checked to ensure it is matured to perfection. This very specific and delicate 1000-day ripening process creates the unique flavour and texture that cannot be achieved in a shorter time.
For a truly decadent cheese accompaniment, why not pair with Aldi’s luxurious Specially Selected Exquisite Cracker Selection, €6.99. On sale from 14th November, the selection includes Spelt & Chive, Wholemeal & Buttermilk and Beetroot, Apple & Chilli flavours. They can be perfectly topped with Aldi’s Specially Selected Irish Chutney Jars, €1.79, on sale now (available in Ploughman’s, Spiced Apple and Tomato & Chilli flavours).
Considering a tipple with your cheese course? Aldi’s wine expert Tom Doorley recommends, “What better way to enjoy this outstanding cheese than with a glass of proper, carefully-chosen wine? These are my top picks for this amazing Gouda. Enjoy the Exquisite Collection Alsace Pinot Gris (€9.99) and the way its gentle sweetness works so deliciously with the saltiness, and its crisp acidity cuts through the richness. Or, if you want a red, try a glass of ripe, round Cairanne (€9.99) and discover how it enhances the cheese's creamy intensity.”