As a family, we do love cheese so when my husband bought some of this we couldn't wait to try it. It is delicious! It has a lovely subtle nutty flavour, slightly gritty (similar texture to parmesan) and just melts on the tongue. A definite firm favourite with everyone here!
Oh my. Wow. On the way back through Amsterdam airport I was lucky enough to see a Dutch lady giving samples of the one and two year Reypenaer. Not being a cheesehead, didn't know what to expect. Bought the one year cheese before my sample had left my tongue. Unbelievable. And I need a treat, heading back to Saudi Arabia to work!!! Found the perfect accompaniment to my cigar pleasure..
I bought both this and the 2 year and love them both. Not as sharp as the VSOP which is my favorite. If you are new to aged cheese, try this first, you won't be disapointed. If you find you like the flavor closer to the rind the best, then get the VSOP next time.
This would be four stars if I hadn't had the VSOP Reypenaer. The next best thing. Can hardly wait until a new batch of VSOP comes to age. My daughter brought us a pound when she returned from Amsterdam and we loved it enough to order it several times from the Netherlands before it became available in the USA. Now when my son-in-law passes through Amsterdam, he picks us up a pound if he is headed this way. I'll be getting the Reypenaer until I'm able to get Reypenaer VSOP.