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Apr 7, 2009 01:12 PM

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!

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  1. Cabot of Vermont makes delicious aged white cheddar that it seals in black wax.

    I don't know about Wisconsin cheddars.


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    1. re: p.j.

      Hey now, thanks! That's a good start...

      1. re: p.j.

        p.j. You're right about the Cabot's aged white chedder, just brought a "brick" of it from Costcos. It is sealed in black wax. It is very good!!

        1. re: kpaumer

          Seconded. And I've lived by Cheddar Gorge.

        2. re: p.j.

          The Cabot brand in black wax is called "Private Stock" Cheddar and is aged 16 months. I just ate the last of mine today. I've also had Canadian cheddar in black wax, I think it's called Black Diamond. Both good.

        3. 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.

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          1. re: vinosnob

            Excellent, and thank you, Cheese Master!

              1. re: sku

                Bingo, that looks like a winner, champ. Thanks!!

            1. Canadian Black Diamond. Not from Wisconsin, from Canada. But sharp, excellent, and in black wax. Google it.

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              1. re: ozhead

                Awesome, sounds most worthy. Thanks...

                1. re: ozhead

                  There is a Black Diamond which we picked up in NYC and noticed to our dismay that it was made in Wisconsin. The cheese is actually quite good but not up to the standards of the real thing (or anywhere near the standards of real Canadian "old cheese" from small producers).

                2. 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.

                  1. 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.