Thursday, June 23, 2011

Cheese: Aged Cheddar

The Kerrygold Reserve Cheddar is made of pasteurized cow's milk and aged over two years. 
The packaging was different than I've found before. Instead of being closely encased in plastic, it was more loosely packaged and the cheese itself was wet. I was surprised that the Dubliner cheese, which I got about the same time, was a little harder and a little stronger. I understand that aging helps develop flavor, can make it more sharp, so I was a little surprised that the taste of this cheddar did not pack a little more wallop. It did taste aged, kind of a smudgy, deep taste. 
Having tasted quite a few different cheeses recently, this is not one that would draw me back. From Kerrygold, I would take Dubliner over this, and I would jump at the aged cheddar with Irish whiskey over either of them.