Cheese query/gift: aged white cheddar in black wax?
Hello... My mother-in-law requests a honkin' hunk of wisconsin aged white cheddar for her birthday :-). She's short on details, but apparently this cheddar descends from heaven to earth encased in black wax, and is sold domestically. When pressed for details, she simply verbally spells out 'white cheddar' and 'black wax' with a mixture of exasperation and desperation, as is her motherly right, I suppose... I love all cheese, but have little working knowledge as to its local procurement. Any leads on this one will earn you one days' reprieve from rodent limbo, by our New Mouse Overlords. Thanks!
Amazon sells Wisconsin cheddar:
I'm pretty sure you can buy the Boar's Head brand aged cheddar (encased in black wax) at most supermarkets i.e. Ralph's Fresh Fare, Pavilions, etc.
Another option is the usual suspects of cheese shops like Silverlake Cheese Shop, Beverly Hills Cheese Shop, etc.
Since many cheddar makers seems to have a "black" aged product, I'd have fun with the request and get her a sampler of black-waxed cheddars from across the nation--Wisconsin, VT, NY...and throw in some English, Canadian and Irish to boot!
She may find one she enjoys even more than the Wisconsin.
Gelson's has an aged sharp Irish cheddar that fits that description. It might be Kerry Gold. They promoted it heavily last year with free tastings.