Wisconsin cheese-maker to release 20-year-old cheddar

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MINERAL POINT, Wis. (AP) — Cheese lovers are already lining up to lock in a nibble when a Wisconsin cheese-maker releases a 20-year-old cheddar this summer.

Hook’s Cheese in Mineral Point created a stir in the cheese world in 2009 when it debuted a 15-year-old cheddar. John Hook set aside another 500 pounds for this year.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that despite a price tag of $209 per pound, foodies are eagerly ordering now, although the cheese won’t be available until late May.

In 2012, a cheese shop owner in Oconto found some even older cheeses in the back of a cooler. The 40-year-old cheese went for $10 an ounce.

Hook’s cheese isn’t a case of forgotten inventory, but a plan he put in place after his 15-year product was such a hit.

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