Cheddar is basically the Tom Hanks of cheese: it's loved by all, incredibly easy to get along with, and is ready to take on the leading role. It's also widely produced and sold, with different flavors and characteristics imparted by different regions. Here are Nick's picks for can't-miss cheddars:
Cantal: The oldest of all cheddars, this classic French cheese is earthy and sharp.
Cabot Clothbound: A dense, musky cheddar that's aged in a cave in Vermont. See if you can taste the hints of butterscotch.
Beecher's Flagship: This buttery, nutty cheddar from Pike Place Market in Seattle is immensely popular, and for good reason: it's freakin' delicious.