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TJ's Stilton Cheese with Apricot--NO MORE :( ???

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Am hopelessly addicted to Trader Joe's Stilton Cheese with tiny bits of dried apricot. I know it sounds strange, but is absolutely YUMMY! When I went this week to purchase, it is listed as no longer available. Has any one else seen it at TJs or elsewhere? Pricey for TJs at about $9 lb---but VERY satisfying and unique flavor. THANKS!

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  1. Mike,
    Just called and turns out only the Masonic St TJ store is not going to stock ("it is a poor seller"-despite my buying several a week!), will now check some of the other SF ones to see their status. Thanks for the probably MUCH more cost effective alternative!

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    1. re: christinet

      I do this often with various cheeses and dried fruits, nuts, fresh herbs, etc.

      1. re: christinet

        The Westlake TJ's in Daly City carries it.

        1. re: Nancy Berry

          THANKS Nancy,
          Happy to say the Masonic St TJ's actually saved me the last four packages of TJ's White Stilton with apricots ---no more at that location, so I appreciate your input. It is really SOOOO good, that I will be rationing this packages to last for a bit. Seems like everytime TJ's has a tasting of something, I end up hooked on it and then awhile later when I am totally dependent , they stop selling that item. Today's taste of TJ carrot/raisin loaf bread was another winner!

      2. I often buy white stilton with cranberries in BJ's, of all places. It's delicious.

        1. There is a brand available in semi-upscale grocery stores around here(S.C.) that makes both Apricot Stilton and my addiction, Cranberry Wednesleydale. We don't have TJ in this area, but I wonder if they are merely branding the cheeses from the company I see. It is annoyingly expensive. Maybe look around at some different markets.

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          1. re: danna

            I tasted both the cranberry and apricot Wensleydale in Massachussetts last year. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to find on the west coast. I did a few minutes of research and found that Wensleydale comes from one specific place in England, in limited production. Even the producer I emailed there couldn't hook me up with a retailer in So Cal. The TJ's fruit laced stilton is a good substitute, when they have it. Maybe Murray's cheese shop in NY can get it and ship it?

            1. re: LBQT

              A major distributor of traditional UK cheese is Neal's Yard Dairy. They age cheeses themselves and distribute in the U.S. Whole Foods carries some of their cheeses, as well as many fine cheesemonger. (Not an endorsement of Whole Foods cheese department, however.)

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            torta basilica

            Someone else mentioned it, but I really like the Stilton with lemon too - bought it at Gelson's.

            1. I saw it just the other day in Emeryville, CA T.J.'s.

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              1. re: Catherine

                And I just saw it today at the TJ's in Alameda.

              2. You can find both the White Stilton with fruit (Mango/Ginger, Apricot, Blueberry, Orange, Pineapple, Lemon or Ginger) and the Wensleydale with Cranberries at iGourmet.com.

                Link: http://www.igourmet.com/shoppe/search...

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                1. re: Linda W.

                  THANKS!! for this info---now I have "back-up" :) just in case other TJs are out as well.

                  1. re: christinet

                    I've bought the Stilton with lemon (fabulous!) at Whole Foods in the past, but haven't checked for it lately.

                  2. re: Linda W.

                    Looks like the TJ $9 per lb. which I took to be expensive is (as usual) a bargain since the very same cheese shown on igourmet website at $14 lb. But good to know where else to buy if TJs stop stocking. Interesting this is supposedly one of the UK's best sellers and TJs saying they don't sell well here. Can't wait to try the cranberry and other flavors.

                    1. re: christinet

                      Can't wait to try the cranberry and other flavors.

                      I had a Wensleydale cranberry back at Christmastime, and it's excellent! A friend tried TJ's Stilton w/Apricot back at the holidays as well, and she said it was wonderful - the only cheese on her cheese platter that was completely gone by the end of the evening.

                      1. re: Linda W.

                        Appears as though TJs definitely selling the same Wensleydale brand since it is labeled Made in England and it appears they have the market on this type of cheese. Hope fellow chowhounds get a taste of the apricot which is just phenomenal taste and perhaps TJs will stock cranberry at their more affordable (than igourmet) prices! Thanks again for your tip.

                  3. I know, it is addictive! I don't know if you have Publix Supermarkets in your area. If you do, you can find it in their specialty cheese section. They also carry stilton with cranberries. It was of topic at Thanksgiving. My mom told me that The Rolling Pin store sells it as well. If you don't have one in your area, you can find one online.

                    1. It's back at Trader Joe's. They get it around the holidays every year. Cranberry too. Also orange/date or something like that.

                      1. You can get some very tasty apricot cheese (blended cheese with apricots) from Wensleydale Creamery. Their website is http://www.wensleydale.co.uk/cheeses/... Unfortunately they're in England but they make excellent cheeses. You can order directly from them. Their website gives locations in the UK to buy their products but not in the US.

                        In the northeast US, some Stop & Shop stores carry it. One other source is igourmet,com http://www.igourmet.com/shoppe/prodvi...

                        1. Costco has white stilton with dates and orange, it's delish, at about $9.00!

                          1. About a month ago I got Wensleydale with apricot at the Costco in Oxnard, Calif.

                            1. You can find the varieties of this white stilton at Henry's Markets in southern california.

                              What are the best wines to pair with them?? They are kind of sweet, almost too much for a dessert wine.....or even a white....

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                              1. re: cabie

                                Trader Joes Petit Reserve Muscat 2013 is absolutely wonderful with it and the Mango/Ginger. They had it as a taste testing together but they were sold out so I purchased the Mango/ ginger and it was almost as good as the apricot.

                              2. I know it's been awhile since the discussion of this yummy taste has been discussed, however, check with Costco right now -- they have a stilton cheese with bits of apricot and yes, it still is not inexpensive but it is great. I bought a pie shaped wedge of it and it runs about $8-9.

                                1. I have never been to Trader Joes and not seen this cheese...just bought it last week.

                                  1. I have a giant brick of Stilton with apricot that I got from Costco (Almaden/San Jose), but haven't opened it yet.

                                    1. TJ's is STILL selling their White Stilton with Apricots as of late May 2014 (bought a wedge on May 30th).

                                      1. eating some right now that I bought last week :)