I was not a fan of cheese in general when I was a kid because quality cheese was not that accessible. In the Philippines, were limited to Cheeze Whiz and Kraft Eden Cheese. If it were a special occasion, we would have cream cheese! It wasn't until the time I started going to the US often did I discover the wonderful world of cheeses. I remember having brie for the first time and thought it tasted like soiled tofu but now, it's probably one of my favorites.
Describing cheeses was another curious thing I had to decipher. Back in the day, I would ask my parents and older folk to describe what a "sharp" cheese taste was. Everyone seemed to have a hard time defining it with their own words or experiences, but I later gathered that it was something I would describe as a pleasurable pungent pick-up palette. I wonder if everyone has the same concept of what a "sharp" taste really is, or if we just make up ways to describe these things and eventually believe them.
Definitely, I am not a maître fromager affineur or anywhere near it for I am a late bloomer when it comes to appreciating kaas. I have not had the chance to work or make cheese from scratch yet, but I would definitely like to learn!