6 Year Aged Cheddar Cheese


Calef’s Country Store

Very rare. Strong sharp flavor, crystallized and very crumbly, sold by the lb.

Product Details

Calef’s features many varieties of “Snappy Old Cheddar” with varying degrees of sharpness. As a cheddar ages it loses moisture, becomes crumblier, begins to crystalize (tyrosine) and gets sharper in flavor.

Our Cheddar scale, least sharp to stand up and take notice:

  • Sharp – the opposite of it’s name this is our mildest offering
  • Extra Sharp – A bit sharper but still considered a mild cheese.
  • Rat Trap – Our best seller. Creamy, a bit sharp. Cut from hand packed 40LB wheels.
  • Super Sharp – Still creamy but a bit sharper after bite
  • Rugged Cheddar – As the name implies, has some bite. A good start on your aged cheddar journey.
  • 3 Year Aged – Aged at least 3 years, crystals and crumbly texture starting to develop.
  • Wicked Sharp – Crystals and crumbly texture very prevalent. A little bit goes a long way!
  • 6 Year Vintage – Our sharpest offering, heavily crystalized and very crumbly

About The Producer

Calef's Country Store

Calef’s Country Store

Established in 1869, Calef's has been "buying local" since Ulysses S. Grant was president.

In 1869, just after the Civil War, Mary Chesley Calef mortgaged her family farm and pledged her savings to open Calef’s Store in the front rooms of her modest home in Barrington NH. Five generations of the Calef family operated Calef’s Big Store until the 1990’s, including Mary’s son Senator Austin Calef. Today the traditions endure as Calef’s Country Store serves the local community as well as visitors from afar. We still pump our own molasses and honey, cheese is aged in our cooler, and our smoked Ham is mouthwatering.

Walk through our doors today and take a step back to a simpler time, when customer service wasn’t a gimmick, but the way things were done.

The wood floors creak with stories of lore, our wood stove warms passersby, the aroma of fresh baked breads and donuts entice even the healthiest of folks.

Jar after jar of penny candy tempts young and old alike.

Our Calef’s brand old fashioned jams, jellies, pickle items, bread and soup mixes offer something for everyone.

The wooden pickle barrel is still a focal point in the store. Our Ginger Snaps are renowned for their bite.

Next time you visit New Hampshire, stop by and pay us a visit, you’ll be glad you did. Store hours and directions.

Customer Reviews

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Ellen D
Excellent cheddar!

The 6 year aged cheddar cheese is satisfyingly sharp and crumbly with good crystallization. Treat yourself!

Cheese, more cheese please

We shopped online at Calefs and found the website informative and easy to use. We bought 2 different cheddar cheese styles and while they were deliciously different they are both delicious.

We will visit the store this summer and see if they have any older exclusive cheddar cheese tucked away for in person visitors only.

The best cheddar was purchased years ago after staying at a B&B in Western upstate New York and bow hunting with the B&B owner that morning. Stopped at a family cheese shop in someones homes and they had a cellar full of 7,10 and 12 year cheddar that was outstanding.

Calefs could be a close second.


Brittany Love
3 day shipping FAIL

My package was supposed to have 3 day shipping with a cold pack in it. The box was not even picked up at 3 days and arrived to me at 6 days, cold pack melted and smelling horrible. Logistics are critical for food orders. Not satisfied, whole order went straight into the trash.

Lisa Casey
6 year Cheddar

Delicious would be great with warm apple pie or a nice plain Calef’s donut

Alan Clark

If you like pungent (in a very good way) sharp cheddar, with that little bit of crystalline crunch that you rarely find in grocery stores, then this is it. A cut above the very best! -Alan