Prima Donna is a pasteurized, cow's milk cheese made in the style of a Dutch Gouda with lower butterfat. Gouda requires 48% butterfat and Prima Donna cheeses are made with 45% butterfat. After 14-16 months of aging, the cheese is dipped in wax (to maintain its moisture) and wrapped in the famous reddish pink paper. It closely resembles the Old Amsterdam but it has the characteristics a younger version would possess. It is less sharp and maintains more moisture. The pate has a rich golden color with small holes throughout and the cheese has a nutty flavor with slight undertones of caramel and salt. Its texture is semi-firm and slightly crumbly and the cheese is manufactured in 26lb wheels.