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Mar 19, 2007 06:58 PM

Sharpest cheese?

What's sharper than extra-sharp cheddar? I find that ES cheddar doesn't bite as much as it used to, at least to me anyway.

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  1. OK, bronco, for some sharpness...
    1. Try a Montgomery Cheddar or other Neal's Yard Cheddar
    (both English, both aged for some time).
    2. Get yourself a nice hunk of Parmigiano Reggiano.That'll have some tang.
    3. For a blue, Cabrales has a lot of spiky sharpness.
    And then, dear dinosaur, report back.

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    1. re: maria lorraine

      I hear and obey. Hopefully they'll have these at the Beverly Hills gourmet cheese joint I've been meaning to check out. Thanks.

      1. re: broncosaurus

        You know what's nice? Ask the cheesemongers at this BH shop- they know their stock better than we do, and are better suited to make definitive suggestions. This is why there are cheese shops that sample- so they can educate you with what's on hand/in season, etc., and help you find what you are looking for.

    2. I like extra sharp tillamok, blue and roqufort, and imported romano. Also bulgarian feta.

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      1. re: malibumike

        The tangiest cheese I've had lately is a Romanian feta - it made my tongue tingle! My in-laws are Bulgarian, and the feta they prefer (and say is authentic bulgarian) is quite mild.

      2. How about a super-aged cheddar? I had a Grafton Cheese Company 6-year-old cheddar that was honestly one of the best things I have ever tasted:

        1. Try this place. They have cheddars up to 9 years old. I tried the 7 but it was too sharp for me.

          1. I second the suggestion regarding older cheddar's. I tried a 9yo cheddar last summer... sharp like a knife. Best cheddar I've ever tasted.