Cabot Vintage Choice Extra Sharp Cheddar
A friend from Vermont brought us a brick of this wonderful cheese .... sharp and complex but with a clean finish free of any harsh notes. One of the best cheddars I've tasted. Noted that on their webpage it is available for about $10 a pound. Yum.
Cabot makes a lot of different cheddars ..... this particular cheddar is aged for 2 years and has a purple wax jacket. They also offer a 5 year old cheddar. The regular extra sharp cheddar is aged 8 months I believe. (still very good) $6 for a two pound block is a good price for the regular - if it really is the Vintage Choice - 2 year aged cheddar that would be a real bargain!
I'll definitely look next time I'm at Costco.....
I've bought the extra sharp at the Grocery Outlet before .... they seem to buy some of the other Cabot products also. Had the Pepper Jack or was it Pepper Cheddar? And I think I've seen cheddar slices, Lite Cheddar, etc.....
We have a place just over the hill from the Cabot plant in Cabot, VT, and often go to the shop for free samples of cheese,lots of other goodies, and great prices on their products. We like the Vintage Extra Sharp, too. The last time we were there they were serving "Harpoon Cheddar" a new mild and somewhat creamy cheese. Dunno if it's in the stores yet. Here's the description from their web site:
"This creamy, textured blend of award- winning cheddar and the distinctive hop flavor of Harpoon’s flagship brew is our most innovative combination to date. New England neighbors, Cabot and Harpoon, create a cheddar that’s perfect with table crackers and a bowl of clam chowder."
This is my favourite Cheddar. I've only been able to find it in local chain grocery stores for firm $9.99/lb, but anything less just doesn't do it for me. If Costco is really selling it for less than that for 2 pounds, I may have to start looking into that.... If you haven't tried this cheddar, beware its addictive properties.