Kerrygold Dubliner travels all the way from Ireland to my supermarket. I don't know how they do it, but you can find it at your finer grocery stores. My sister, Judy, has even found it in 2 pound blocks at Costco. While a little more expensive than the store brands it is still relatively affordable.
It is yummy. Dubliner has a creamy white color with a texture similar to an aged cheddar (hard and crumbly). It tastes of grass, oak, parsnips, and sour coffee. I'm just kidding. It has a mild nutty flavor. Judy says it melts really well over pasta but I have not tried it that way yet.
The second cheese is from Beecher's, a Seattle cheesemonger in Pike's Place Market just down the way from the original Starbucks. Beecher's actually make cheese in their store. If you go at the right time you can watch through a big window as they turn milk into heaven .
Flagship is a semi-hard cheese aged for one year. The texture is crumbly but slightly softer than cheddar. It has a nice sharp taste redolent of wind-swept seaside pastures. I don't know what that means, I just made it up. Beecher's will mail you cheese if you send them money or you can do what I did. Give your sister-in-law ten dollars when she goes to Seattle and wait for her to return with eleven dollars worth of cheese. Thanks Elizabeth.