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The Best Hard Cheese 

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Updated January 6, 2020 5.1k votes 1.9k voters 80.8k views 25 items

If you're a cheese lover who values bold flavor, this list is for you. Hard cheeses are some of the most popular types of cheese around the world, and it's not hard to see why. These varieties are packed firm and aged for prolonged periods of time. The process gives the cheeses a dense, hard texture and a distinctive sharp taste. Many hard cheeses are traditionally tasted in small amounts as an accent to savory dishes. But travel the globe to countries like France, Italy, and America, and you'll find these delicious hard cheeses enjoyed on their own, too.

What varieties will you find on this list of the best hard cheeses? Cheddar, which was originally produced in England, is a tasty cheese that makes the perfect ingredient in any sandwich. The sharpness and texture of this good hard cheese are determined by its aging time. Parmesan cheese is another go-to hard cheese that's frequently grated. When it comes to a hard cheese perfect for melting, it doesn't get much better than Gouda. Other options featured on this top hard cheeses list include Pecorino Romano, Colby, and Emmental cheese.

Which hard cheese do you like the best? Vote your favorites up to the top of this list by giving them a thumbs up, and please add any delicious hard cheeses that are missing.

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Cheddar cheese is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
United Kingdom, Ireland, England
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Parmesan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Italy
3
Parmigiano Reggiano is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
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Gouda cheese is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Netherlands
5
Gruyère is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Switzerland
6
Manchego is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Spain
7
Pecorino Romano is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
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Colby-Jack cheese is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
United States of America
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Colby cheese is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
United States of America
10
Monterey Jack is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
United States of America
11
Emmental is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Switzerland
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Provolone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
berman.syrus added Italy
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Swiss cheese is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
berman.syrus added United States of America, Switzerland
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Edam is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Netherlands
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Comté is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
France
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Jarlsberg cheese is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Justin Parker added Norway
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Double Gloucester cheese... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
United Kingdom, England
18
Munster is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Justin Parker added France
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Cheshire cheese is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
England
20
Mimolette is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
France, Netherlands, Belgium
21
Zamorano cheese is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Spain
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bandaged goat cheddar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
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Cantal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
France
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Greve cheese is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
annacarin added Sweden
25
Herrgårdsost is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
annacarin added Sweden