Originally Posted by Bigjim68
For me the best national brand I have found is Cabot brand.
They also make several grades, and the top grade cheddar, which comes in a black wrapper, rivals the deli brands in quality. They have a similar top end white cheddar. Both can be hard to find.
Funny someone mentions grainy as a negative. In my experience graininess is a sign of aged cheese. Better for eating, but less aged and therefore less expensive cheeses melt better.
Cabot for me also. Because we live so close to Vermont, New England gets fresh deliveries daily. And all their brands are plentiful and easy to find in the supermarkets.
There are other national brands, but I grew up with Cabot's cheeses. I love their Swiss Cheese. A good strong hearty flavor. And one more item in favor of Cabot's. I have yet to see the dreaded orange food coloring in their cheeses.
I always look for their Reserved cheese which is available for a very short time. That is in their black wrapper.