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broncosaurus Mar 19, 2007 06:58 PM

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.

  1. maria lorraine Mar 19, 2007 07:24 PM

    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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      broncosaurus Mar 19, 2007 08:26 PM

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

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        cheesemonger Mar 20, 2007 11:44 PM

        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.

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      malibumike Mar 20, 2007 07:43 AM

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

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        Divamac Mar 20, 2007 10:14 PM

        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. Snackish Mar 20, 2007 11:23 AM

        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:

        http://www.graftonvillagecheese.com/s...

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          mpalmer6c Mar 20, 2007 12:41 PM

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

          http://www.wisconline.com/

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            caliking Mar 20, 2007 12:48 PM

            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.

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              mpalmer6c Mar 20, 2007 01:12 PM

              And I forgot to mention Cabot Cheese, which has a 5 year old cheddar (click on Specialty Cheese, not Aged Cheese).

              http://www.cabotcheese.com/

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                dukegirl Mar 20, 2007 02:48 PM

                I love Cabot and Grafton Village cheddars, too. (I can't believe I'm a Vermonter recommending a NY cheese, but here goes)--this stuff is pretty good and sharp:

                http://www.yanceysfancy.com/XXX_white...

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                  Gary Soup Mar 21, 2007 12:01 AM

                  I'm a native NY cheesehead, but don't discriminate amongst NY-VT-PQ Cheddars, which are leagues above Wisconsin cheddars.

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                mimosa Mar 21, 2007 03:18 AM

                Winchester Super Aged Gouda - so sharp it almost burns a hole in your mouth!
                (http://www.winchestercheese.com/)

                 
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