Before I review Kerrygold Aged Cheddar, I must lodge a quick complaint about the goin-ons around here at the manse today.
The Lady and The Man went to lunch; they go to a new restaurant every Tuesday and leave me alone “pulling on me plum” (I know what you’re thinking and you would be wrong… it’s Irish slang for “laying around doing nothing”… just trying to keep with the theme of the review…).
Anyway I was aroused from my early afternoon nap; the one that follows my late morning nap, to the sound of the garage door going up. I raised myself, stretched and prepared to rub on The Lady until she fed me my afternoon snack…but no…the door burst open and in came all the “wee folk” aka The Lady’s “posse”. Ten kids screaming and shouting, all under the age of twelve, all invading my house to weave with The Lady…well, except Viktor, he’s five and he comes for “the snacks”…most likely snacks are at the top of the list of the other nine but they are too polite…if you want to check out the posse, you can by visiting The Lady’s photo albums at picasa.
In my continuing review of the sublime Kerrygold Cheeses, today I wish to give you my thoughts about the Kerrygold Aged Cheddar. On their website, Kerrygold states that the recipe for this divine cheese is 1300 years old. It was created by Monks way back even before there was a back in the day.
Have you ever thought about all the wonderful cheeses, wines and liqueurs that were created by Monks? Have you ever wondered why that is? Well, here’s a news flash…when you give up sex; there’s nothing left but eating and drinking. Monks have lots of time to “contemplate” the best things in life: cheese and wine. Now you know that there actually is an upside to celibacy…who knew??? Well, the Monks for sure…
You may have noticed that I tend to go for the more mature cheddars and this one certainly fits that bill. This cheese is aged for one year and tested as the months tick off – some wheels don’t make the grade and get tossed aside. Kerrygold also offers a “reserve” version that gets an extra year of aging before being wrapped and labeled in gold. Now that’s the one you want to eat with a slice of apple or melted on apple pie. It’s so sharp, it curls your paws. Or as The Lady’s poker-playing buddy, Gavin likes to say, “It’s so good, it’ll take the back of your head off.”
It’s a full-bodied cheese with a wonderful, satisfying after taste. You’ll love this cheese.
And to add a bit of levity to the review, it also comes in a “reduced fat” version…come on, why eat cheese if not for the fat??? I’m just saying…
I give Kerrygold’s Aged Cheddar 4 Paws out of 4 Paws (cause that’s all I’ve got).
Serving Suggestions: Try this cheddar in your next Mac and cheese creation; it’ll knock your socks off; grilled cheese to die for and always wonderful on a 34 Degree Natural Crispbread Cracker.
Wine Pairings: You need a wine that will stand up to this cheddar. A California Cab; Merlot or a Sangiovese.
Beer Pairing: Nothing wussy…
Source: Pasteurized Cow’s Milk
Up next: Kerrygold Pure Butters