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Kerrygold Kilaree Cheddar

Any experience with Kerrygold Kilaree Cheddar? I love Kerrygold products and this cheese was on sale today at Whole Foods for a steal so I figured it'd be worth a grab. Any thoughts or favorite uses?

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  1. Haven't tried that, but they have a couple "fortified" cheddar for St. Patrick's. I got the one with stout. I didn't like the whiskey one because it overpowered the cheese, but the stout was subtle: you knew it was there but couldn't quite make out the taste. That's how it should be.

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    1. re: cantkick

      Yea, I have yet to try it though I might throw it in an omelet tonight. I worry it's a bit too tangy. I have also spotted the fortified cheeses and been interested so thanks for your opinion about those.

    2. I had it last year and I quite liked it. It is a mild cheddar, IIRC. I'm headed to WF tomorrow and hope that they still have some. What did you think of it?

      ETA - I usually eat cheddar with apples or fruit cake.

      1. I have not tried the kilaree cheddar, but I love the blarney castle and dubliner.
        Also, the cheese mongrels at whole foods are always willing to cut you a sample, so you can always try before you buy. It is one of the reasons I buy most of my cheeses there (as my city lacks a standalone cheese shop).

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        1. re: ohmyyum

          Yea, I love that aspect of the store. I often taste blue cheese, not sure why I didn't venture to try the Kilaree.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              D'oh! You know I meant cheese mongers! Thank you, autocorrect.

          1. Well, I dug into the Kilaree tonight. It's quite good. I'm no cheese connoisseur but it's a solid cheddar with sharper note than most standard cheddars but not overwhelming at all. I was afraid the block would go to waste, but it will likely be a pretty regular go to for a while to finish off the block and then perhaps I'll branch out to another Kerry gold cheese. I love love their products - not only the taste but also that they are grass fed. In his attempts to explain the difference between grass fed and grain fed dairy products, SO snapped this picture of the Kerrygold cheddar next to a Cabot cheddar - I just love that yellow hue especially the golden butter.

            1. I picked up some at Whole Foods yesterday, lured by the low price. Have to say I'm underwhelmed. It's not bad, but it doesn't have much personality. Kinda bland. I prefer a sharper and drier cheddar. I bet it would make a good omelet, though, so that's what I'll use it for.

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              1. re: small h

                Yea it's mild and so that's why I figure we will use it up quickly as it's versatile-omelet, grilled cheese but not really anything I'd want big cheddar flavor from. I wouldn't eat it alone but it was great with eggs. I think the vintage Kerry Gold is next on my list.

                1. re: fldhkybnva

                  Lemme know how it is. I like Cabot Clothbound, but only on someone else's dime. If there's something out there that approximates that, I'll buy it. And I like the horseradish cheddar from a vendor whose name I can't recall at the Round Barn in Halcottsville, NY.

              2. fldhkybnva,

                I bought this last week and have been having small mounds of paper thin pieces with fresh or dried fruit and a few nuts for lunch. I will definitely buy AGAIN. (Hope pic of Kerrygold Reserve Cheddar is attached)

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                1. re: ItalianNana

                  Indeed the picture is attached and thanks for the recommendation. Is it really sharp as in probably best in small

                  1. re: fldhkybnva


                    It's sharp enough to satisfy my craving but I've had extra sharp cheddars that were nearly as sharp without the rich and slightly sweet finish. It comes in 7 ounce pkgs for less than $8.00. I baked some apples last night with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. I cut a small slice of the cheese and nibbled between bites of the apple. Delicious.

                    1. re: ItalianNana

                      Sounds delicious! I had planned to pick up the Dubliner, but I might go with this instead.

                  2. re: ItalianNana

                    Italiannana, I grabbed this tonight and it's delicious. It's tonight's omelet cheese in exchange for the Dubliner. Thanks for the recommendations.

                  3. With thanks to you cheese mice, I bought a Kerrygold aged cheddar with Irish whiskey yesterday, in black wax and about the size of a thick hockey puck. Any experience with it?Thanks.

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                    1. re: Veggo

                      A follow up: tasty on a salted cracker. $6.19 for 7 oz, I'll buy it again.

                      1. re: Veggo


                        I almost got the whiskey one this week, but there is so much cheese in my fridge now I'm thinking of ways to have more in main courses. The Kerrygold all is so modestly priced that its a great way for people to try sharp cheddars.

                        1. re: ItalianNana

                          Indeed, I am hooked on the Dubliner but want to branch out to another cheddar this week.

                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                            Have you tried the Cabot Clothbound? After a good deal of raving by CH's I gave it a go.

                            A really nice cheddar.

                            1. re: HillJ

                              Ooh, thanks for the recommendation. I have never been a big cheese fan but ever since I have started to buy cheese other than standard brands and grocery store options, I can't get enough.

                              1. re: HillJ

                                I spotted the Clouthbound at my local WF yesterday and grabbed it without hesitation after hearing all the wonderful reviews. I tried it tonight and it is indeed quite good!

                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                  compared to the run of the mill cheddars, night and day. glad you enjoy it , fldh.

                        2. re: Veggo

                          I grabbed the Dubliner for tonight's omelet, so we'll see.