Okay, I'm a cheese nut. I love almost every kind I've tasted-- my favorites are a young raw milk gouda with cumin, and perhaps a nutty madrigal swiss.
I do almost all my cheese shopping at Trader Joe's, simply because both their selection and prices are far superior to Ralphs or Vons.
But here's my question... how would "off the shelf" Trader Joe's cheeses match up to a taste test of higher end national brands? For example, TJ's young cheddar VS. a comparable national brand cheese found in regular old grocery stores (like Tillamook or Cracker Barrel).
And while Trader Joe's certainly can not compete with a specialty cheese shop (except perhaps in terms of price for some of the more exotic types), what is your opinion of the selection available at most stores?