We first tasted Leydense Kaas in Leyden at the Holiday Inn. While living in Germany we usually stayed at Gasthauses or comparable. In Leyden we had to stay at an American hotel. The breakfast was so outstanding we were glad we did. The very board did groan from the offerings. Among them were this marvelous cheese peppered with cumin. My husband had an assistant that went from Germany to Holland with some frequency. We always sent him along with an order for a modest wheel. On rare occasions we have found it in places we have lived in the years since then. Unfortunately the Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, etc. around here no longer stock it. We received a chunk of the wonderful product as a Christmas gift from our pastor's wife
This is an added item. I'm assuming your friends who enjoy Leiden cheese know that it becomes hotter as it ages and the cumin leeches out into the cheese.
I have purchased this cheese several times...always excellent...if you like cumin. A classic Dutch cheese. Take in the aroma before eating it.. then savor it. Great finish...