Old Amsterdam

Old Amsterdam is a matured cheese with a distinctive character. Its rich, intense taste is the result of a lengthy search for authentic preparation. Old Amsterdam, one big chunk of character, born from a pure passion for cheese!

About Old Amsterdam

The story of Old Amsterdam is a tale of passion and dedication. This characteristic cheese has its origins at the end of the nineteenth century, when a quest for the rich, authentic flavour of yore would lead to one of the best-loved cheese products ever made.

The Westland family was a family of fishermen until the construction of the Afsluitdijk in 1932. In search of a new tradition, they fortunately soon found a new passion, namely cheese.

Lambert Westland had a clear mission. He wanted Westland to produce a cheese that was just as delicious as the mature cheese that his mother always brought with her from the Jordaan district of Amsterdam. That cheese was savoury, slightly sweet and very smooth and creamy.

Lambert started experimenting with his own recipes. However, it proved difficult to get the taste and quality just right. Luckily the family refused to give up, and after years of perseverance and experimentation they finally discovered the unique lactic acid and special maturation process that brings the specific character of this mature cheese to life. The exact recipe is a well-guarded family secret.

This special cheese was given a special name:Old Amsterdam. The word old relates to the mature flavour but also to the traditional character of the cheese, whereas the use of English is a proud declaration of the export quality of the cheese. The conspicuous black rind was chosen to emphasise the timeless character of the cheese.