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Cabot Vintage Choice Extra Sharp Cheddar

gordon wing Nov 10, 2006 04:20 PM

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.

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    Janet from Richmond Nov 10, 2006 04:21 PM

    This is very good cheese. Our local Costco sells it for about $6 for a 2 pound block.

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    1. re: Janet from Richmond
      chuck s Nov 11, 2006 03:03 AM

      Costco sells Cabot Private Stock for about $6-7 for a two pound block. They also sell the extra sharp for more. (I can't figure that one out). They do not carry the vintage.

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      gordon wing Nov 10, 2006 08:09 PM

      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.....

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      1. re: gordon wing
        Melanie Wong Nov 11, 2006 12:16 AM

        I saw the "Private Stock" (16 months aging) for about $12 per pound at Sonoma Market this afternoon, also the Extra Sharp. Sometimes the Extra Sharp ends up at Grocery Outlet, worth keeping an eye out for.

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        gordon wing Nov 11, 2006 04:40 AM

        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.....

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          Injun Joe Nov 11, 2006 04:32 PM

          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."

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            fleetwoodbitches Mar 12, 2008 08:34 PM

            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.

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              morwen Mar 13, 2008 04:54 AM

              The Cabot extra sharp is my favorite "winter cheddar", the cheese I buy when my local farmer's market closes for the winter and I can't get their NY State Extra Sharp cut straight from the giant cheese wheel. The Cabot Extra Sharp runs $6.50/2lb block in my local grocery.

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                Sean Mar 13, 2008 05:18 AM

                My favorite chain store brand is, believe it or not, Boar's Head 5 year aged Canadian cheddar, quite a bite...

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                  buttertart Mar 25, 2008 06:53 AM

                  Wow, where do you get it? I have been looking for 5-yr-old Canadian cheddar in the US since I moved here ages ago - am in NYC.
                  Grew up with "old cheese" - as old as 20 yrs - from Covent Garden Market in London, Ontario (as well as from small chhese factories in rural Ont.).

                  1. re: buttertart
                    mrsjenpeters Mar 25, 2008 07:22 AM

                    i've gotten 10+ year old cheddars from market square cheese here in wisconsin (i believe we got some 20 yr old years back as well). i don't see it listed on their website to order, but maybe if you call they'll ship you some??


                    1. re: buttertart
                      Sean Mar 26, 2008 06:13 AM

                      All the area markets in RI sell it: Stop and Shop, Daves Marketplace, Shaws, etc... The cheese is very tart and sharp:


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