Sunday 22 April 2018

Cheese lovers go crackers for 20-year-old cheddar at €405 per kilogram

Cheese lovers worldwide have been busy ordering the rare treat and almost all of the aged cheddar has sold out.
Cheese lovers worldwide have been busy ordering the rare treat and almost all of the aged cheddar has sold out.
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Cheese connoisseurs in the US state of Wisconsin are getting their crackers ready for the summer release of a cheese which has been aged for more than 20 years.

American cheesemaker Tony Hook of Hook’s Cheese in Mineral Point, Wisconsin will capture the attention of foodies around the world when he releases a rare cheddar aged for two decades this May.

Those looking to order Hook’s cheese for their summer cheese boards might be disappointed as just one kilogram comes at the hefty price of €403.

Cheese lovers worldwide have been busy ordering the rare treat and almost all of the aged cheddar has sold out.

Hook’s Cheese made the headlines five years ago when it released a 15-year-aged cheddar.

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Speaking of his 20-year-old cheese Tony Hook told The Chicago Tribune: “You’re going to notice it but the 15-year is so good already.”

“It’s just something that’s special. We’re not planning to release it every year like we do the 15. This is kind of a one-shot deal for now.”

The cheese maker said he was surprised by the type of people ordering his expensive cheese.

“You think of people who have high-falutin’ jobs that can afford things like this, but over the years, with the 15-year, we’ve got what you could call the common folk.

“There’s a cab driver who stops every year the first day we have the 15-year out."

“I feel sort of bad in a way because everyone should be able to afford good things in life,” he said.

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