Smoked Gouda is made from cow’s milk and has a semi-hard texture, often with a springy feel. The cheese is known for its rich, creamy, slightly sweet taste that is accompanied by a smoky flavor. The intensity of the smokiness can vary depending on the duration and method of the smoking process. The cheese has a golden interior with a brown rind, which is a result of the smoking process. It is typically aged for 2-6 months, although it can be aged longer for a more intense flavor.