Not sure what thread this should go in, so I just started one. I was looking over the cheeses at the local Whole Foods (Las Vegas), and came across Tillamook 2011 – a 10-year-old cheddar. Super-sharp, with nice crunchy calcium lactate crystals. Their “regular” price is $29.99/lb, which is a bit steep for me, but it’s on sale through the end of the month for $18.99/lb. Still not cheap, but well worth it IMO.
I think it’s the best cheddar I’ve ever had, and I’ve tried 10-year Hook’s ($44.99/lb) and 15-year Hook’s ($94.99/lb), and IMO neither are as good as this (not that I’d spend $45, much less $95/lb for any cheese). Neither the 8-year Old Quebec or 5-year Black Diamond, or any others I’ve tried, including some fancy English varieties such as Keen’s, came up to the quality of the Tillamook. Just straight extra-sharp flavor, with no funky overtones like those in the Hook’s or in many of the sharp English cheddars.
It’s so good, I’ve mainly just eaten it by itself, although I tried it in a grilled cheese today. Very good, but the bread interfered with the incredible flavor of the cheese. One thing I haven’t tried with this cheese, is to melt it on toast with a bit of Worcestershire (apparently a popular English snack). That’s next.
In any case, highly recommended!