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Jan 3, 2013 04:17 PM

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?

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  1. 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.

    1. l believe Racer's edge sharp is made strictly for Walmart/Sam's and is not in the same sharpness league as 'Seriously Sharp'

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      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

        Thanks to you both. I guess Seriously Sharp it is. I'll buy it tomorrow.

      2. If your Sam's Club carries the Black Diamond 4-year, I recommend you give it a try. More complex flavor than the 3-year Cabot that i used to get at Costco, IMO.

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        1. re: Steve Green

          Agree with that as well. Plus if you ever see Cabot Clothbound aged by Jasper Hills Dairy, this is the bomb.

          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            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?

            1. re: Indy 67

              Just checked with a friend who works for Jasper Hills and she said most of the clothbound is aged for only 10-15 months, a few a bit longer.

              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                Thanks for the follow up. 10-15 months? Fascinating! I can only repeat those folks at Jasper Hills are doing something very right!

        2. 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.

          1. 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 :)

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            1. re: wendy.cabot

              Just tried a 'Seriously sharp' for the first time It was not seriously sharp, so now l know. Will try the 3 year next. Do know l love the J Hills Clothbound.

              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                I also just tried the Cabot "Seriously Sharp" next to a Black Diamond Grand Reserve 3-year aged cheddar. I much preferred the Black Diamond cheese. The Cabot "Seriously Sharp" was too smooth and a bit rubbery when compared to the Black Diamond cheddar.