If you think that British cuisine is just cold, insipid bleh served with tea, well, you’re mostly right, but it has much to offer in the way of cheese. In fact, when we realized that this column had yet to feature a U.K.-sourced cheese, we ran over to Eddie’s Market of Charles Village, whose mountain of wide-ranging wedges and wheels we can always rely on to satisfy our emotional and snacking needs.
Not only have we failed to share our love for British cheese, but we haven't included cheddar—the most popular cheese in the United Kingdom and the second-most popular cheese in the United States behind mozzarella—of any kind. So we found a wedge hailing from Somerset, where cheddar originated as early as the 12th century. Red Dragon ($15.99 per pound) is an English cheddar intensely flavored with whole-grain mustard and brown ale—a variety of Y Fenni, a Welsh cheese. The cheese's name refers to the red wax that the cheese is typically encased in—although the wedges sold at Eddie's are bare naked. Red dragons also grace the emblems of Wales and Somerset.