An aged cheese should not merely be an ingredient, it should be its own food: a food you can serve to friends by itself or with a piece of your favorite bread. If you don’t really understand why you would pay good money for an aged cheese, pick up some SarVecchio. Like the American Grana from BelGioioso, it is a table cheese, something you savor and share with people you really like.
The SarVecchio (formerly Stravecchio from Wisantigo cheese — they were recently acquired by the family owned Sartori) is a wonderful aged Parmesan-style cheese. It is slightly crumbly, but very flavorful without being acidic or overpowering. It combines a salty flavor with a nice creamy finish.