Which of these Cabot Cheddar cheeses is the sharpest?
I was at Sam's Club today and they have the following cheeses, all "Premium Naturally Aged Cheddar" and all the same price.
1) Racer's Edge Sharp
2) Extra Sharp
3) Seriously Sharp
And some others, but these are the ones that interest me. How can I tell which is the sharpest? Is there a way to tell without having to ask around?
According to the Cabot website, Seriously sharp is beyond extra sharp. I can't find any reference to "Racer's Edge sharp" on their site.
I adore Cabot Clothbound! Very complex and delicious. I assumed it was aged "forever" to produce such delectable results. However, the cheese monger at a local grocery said that surprisingly, the clothbound is only aged for 1 1/2 years and he is absolutely mystified at how so much flavor gets developed in such a short amount of time. I'm curious, too. Is clothbound aged only 1 1/2 years? And, if so, what are those Jasper Hills folks doing right?
The Market Basket near me has a label on the Seriously Sharp (they carve up a big block and repackage it) that says it is aged 14 months, while the Extra Sharp is aged 12 months, which means the Seriously is slightly sharper. I haven't done a side by side comparison, but they seem fairly similar to me and I buy them both frequently.
Hi. Wendy from Cabot here. Racer's Edge (Sharp) is now packaged as Vermont Sharp.
And here's some info from our FAQ's
What is the difference between Vermont Sharp, Extra Sharp, and Seriously Sharp Cheddar?
Good question. The main difference between the three products is the amount of time they are aged. Cabot Vermont Sharp has a flavor that is reliable and consistent from batch to batch and is a customer favorite. Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar has a strong cheddar flavor that many cheddar fans specifically look for. Just like its younger sibling, Cabot Vermont Sharp Cheddar, it is consistent from batch to batch. You know what you are getting every time. Seriously Sharp is another story; it's our "wild" cheddar. Its flavor is unpredictable, always earns a "puck," and is usually even sharper than Extra Sharp. Seriously Sharp is a top of the line product that invites you to walk on the wild side, experiment with your taste buds, and treat yourself to a cheese sensation that differs from one batch to the next.
Thanks for asking :)