Taste test: Mature Cheddar Cheese
There's probably not a fridge in the country that doesn't contain a block of cheddar cheese. Prices vary enormously, but is it worth paying more for cheese from small producers, or is the mass-produced stuff just as good?
Marks & Spencer North Cork Vintage Cheddar, 200g, €4, 9/10
Our testers loved the nutty sweetness of this cheese from M&S. It's good enough to eat on its own or to feature on a cheese board.
Hegarty's Cheddar (Sheridan's), 228g, €6.04, 9/10
This Irish cheese is produced on a family farm in North Cork. It has a less obvious 'cheddar' taste than some of the others we tested. Smooth, nutty and delicious, perfect for after dinner.
Aldi Specially Selected Irish Vintage White Cheddar, 250g, €1.59, 7/10
Good, full-flavoured cheese with a sweet finish at a great price.
Kilmeaden Vintage White, 200g, €2, 6/10
One of the most widely available Irish cheddars, this doesn't have the subtle sweetness that our testers like, but would be fine on toast.
Marks & Spencer Black Wax Wexford Vintage Cheddar, 200g, €5.40, 5/10
The attractive wax casing conceals a disappointingly bland cheese. Expensive too.
Lidl, Rathdaragh Mature White Cheddar, 400g, €2.39, 4/10
Bland but cheap.
Tesco Mature White Irish Cheddar, 200g, €2, 3/10