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The 10 Most Expensive Cheeses in the World

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Mary Rose Bevins

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I love cheese, like a lot. Whenever I go to a gathering where there’s food, I go straight for the cheese platter and observe all the delicious choices I get to eat. I’d say over the past few years I’ve tried a lot of different types of cheeses, so I like to say that I have a very diverse cheese palette. But little did I know how expensive cheese can be.

I work at a grocery store in my town and I’ve seen the prices of cheese. When I first started working there, which was four years ago, I was shocked by how expensive it is. I’m still shocked, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying it. Once a cheese lover, always a cheese lover.

A family friend of mine makes cheese once in a while and sometimes brings it over to my house, and let me tell you, the days he stops by I get so excited. The types of cheeses he makes aren’t the typical ones your hear like provolone, mozzarella, Parmesan, American, or cheddar. They have some cool-funky names that I can’t remember because I’m so infatuated with the taste.

After doing some extensive research about how expensive cheese can be, I realized I don’t have that big of a cheese palette as I thought, because there are so many types out there that I have yet to get my hands on. I guess I’m going to have to make a cheese bucket list.

So if you’re a cheese lover like me and have stuck to your top three of four of your favorite kind, you may want to broaden your cheese horizon and check these top tier cheeses out. But a heads up, they’re pretty pricy so you may want to reach out to other cheese lovers that you know and split the cost and have yourself a cheese tasting party.

For some cheese guidance, here are the 10 most expensive cheeses in the world:

10. Lord of the Hundreds: $20/pound

Lord of the Hundreds comes from East Sussex, England and is made from local sheep’s milk. This type of cheese is rustic with a slightly dry, sharp, and nutty flavor.

9. Winnimere: $30/pound

This creamy, gooey and soft cheese originates in the state of Vermont. As part of a tradition, this cheese is only made during the winter months. So make sure to stock up on this cheese so you don’t run out before they make more.

8. Rogue River Blue: $40/pound

Rogue River Blue originates from the lovely state of Oregon and was first made by a guy named Tom Vella who opened a creamery in Southern Oregon during the Depression. This firm textured cheese will definitely cheer you up with its hazelnut and fruity flavors.

7. Jersey Blue: $45/pound

This juicy, award-winning cheese was first made by Willi Schmid all the way in Switzerland. Even though this cheese has an American sounding name, it’s actually a Swiss cheese that was named after a breed of cow whose milk it’s made from. To me, this cheese looks like a piece of art, no wonder it won two awards.

6. Caciocavallo Podolico (Horse Cheese): $50/pound

Also known as the “Horse Cheese,” Cacuicavallo Podolico is very popular in the southern part of Italy. Although it’s nickname is horse cheese it’s actually not made from horse’s milk, it comes from a rare Italian breed of cow called Podolica. It is a very creamy cheese that is in the shape of pear, what’s better than cheese looking like a fruit?

5. Old Ford: $50/pound

This delicate, firm cheese is aged and then pressed to perfection by hand. It’s made from a goat’s milk that comes all the way from England. This cheese is known for its savory, salty, and buttery flavor.

4. Extra Old Bitto: $150/pound

Get your travel shoes ready, this cheese comes from across the pond—all the way from China, in fact. China actually has some of the most expensive and oldest cheeses. This cheese in particular was made by a Hong Kong importer in 1997. Old Bitto cheese is aged for up to 10 years so this one is extra special.

3. Wyke Farms Cheddar: $200/pound

This rather expensive cheese is known for making sandwiches taste better and often pairs perfectly with wines and beers. It is actually one of the most traditional cheeses. This cheese, made in 1861 by the Wyke Farms family in Great Britain is also an award-winning cheese.

2. White Stilton Gold: $420/pound

White Stilton cheese is actually the cousin to the famous blue cheese from Britain but is extra creamy and deliciously tangy. This cheese is often made with different fruit flavors like lemon, ginger, apricots, and many other combos.

1. Pule: $600/pound

Here we have the most expensive cheese. What makes it so expensive is that it comes from the milk of a Balkan donkey from Siberia. It’s not just the most expensive cheese, but also one of the rarest of them all. It takes 25 liters of the donkey’s milk to make just one kilogram of the cheese. It is originally from Siberia but will soon be making its away around the world.

Now, with all of these newly discovered cheeses I hope to be able to get my hands on some of these beauties and cross them off of my cheese bucket list.

There are so many different types of cheese, and these are just some of the most expensive ones out there.

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Compare that to the measly eleven pounds of cheese the average American had back in 1970 and it’s obvious we’ve all become a little bit cheese crazed. Myself included. But it’s not just the quantity of cheese that’s changed.

The types of cheese we are eating are changing as well; Italian style cheeses (mainly mozzarella) are the most popular cheeses—thanks in large part to pizza’s growth in popularity. In America, our second most popular cheese is cheddar, and third place goes to ‘American’ or processed cheese, though that category is steadily losing popularity according to 2018 USDA dairy data.

But what about the most expensive cheeses?

What are the most expensive cheeses in the world? And what justifies the price tag attached to these expensive cheeses? Before I get to those three most expensive cheeses, allow me to provide a bit of context.

My fascination with cheese began last fall out in Palm Springs, California while at the EY Strategic Growth Forum , where I interviewed third-generation cheese entrepreneur Neal Schuman of Schuman Cheese .

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I asked about him about his favorite cheese and, after flying back home, I stopped into my nearest Whole Foods to purchase a small wedge of it. The instant I bit into that creamy, slightly nutty, sweet, aged Gruyère, I knew I had been eating cheese wrong my entire life.

Prior to that, I only ate the most popular cheeses in their most popular forms (i.e., mozzarella on pizza, mass produced cheddar on a cracker, etc.)

It opened my eyes and set me off on a quest to learn about all sorts of cheeses, including the following three most expensive cheeses, the last of which is so rare it isn’t even available on the open consumer market.

    Wyke Farms Cheddar

At $200 per pound, Wyke produces the most expensive cheddar cheese. It has been produced by the Wyke family farm in Great Britain since the 1860’s, and is described as tangy, full-flavoured, taking 12 months to reach its peak. Despite the price tag, it’s Wyke’s most popular cheese.

    White Stilton Gold

    The brainchild of Long Clawson Dairy located in Leicestershire, England, their white stilton gold was produced as a holiday exclusive. At $400 per pound and as the name suggests, this soft white cheese—a lesser known cousin to the ubiquitous blue cheese—is made using actual gold.

    Priced at a staggering $600 per pound, this crumbly white cheese is not even available on the commercial market, with its high cost attributed to the considerable time and resources needed for production. While most cheeses are made using cow, goat or sheep milk, this cheese is made from the milk of a Balkan donkey, native only to Serbia and Montenegro, and requires 25 litres of milk to produce just one kilogram of Pule.

    If you’re interested in the fascinating science and history of cheese, plus how to buy, store and pair your cheese like an expert, I suggest my you read my short-and-sweet new cheese guide available via Pocket Guide Club .

    The most expensive cheeses in the world cost $200, $400 and a staggering $600 per pound. ]]>