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Mar 15, 2013 04:48 PM

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.