Constant Bliss: A Dream Cheese
November 24, 2010
Constant Bliss is a dream cheese: it is rich, buttery, and smells of the earth. Constant Bliss also has a visually intriguing interior and behaves well out of refrigeration. At our table, Constant Bliss appealed to kids and adults alike. What more could we ask for of a cheese?
Constant Bliss is a semi-soft cheese produced by Jasper Hill Farm in Vermont. It is made from pasteurized cow’s milk and has a mold-ripened rind. The cheese is matured in cellars at Jasper Hill Farm.
This cheese’s name created quite a chuckle at our table. Living in San Francisco, “alternative relief” (a.k.a. medicinal marijuana) shops are more common than cheese shops; my husband commented that Constant Bliss sounded more like a relief product than a cheese. However, the cheese is named after the Vermont settler, Constant Bliss, who was killed by American natives during the Revolutionary War.
The cheese is a small stacked cylinder with a white bloomy rind. Constant Bliss’s rind feels dry and felty. The rind smells like a mushroom farm, with distinct aromas of mushrooms and damp earth. Constant Bliss has a translucent band of paste beneath the rind’s surface, and a denser, cake-like paste at the core.
Constant Bliss’s flavor is rich, sweet and buttery. The cheese has a milky tanginess and a pleasant buttery flavor. At the finish, there is a sweet Oro Blanco grapefruit flavor.
I expected Constant Bliss’s translucent paste to become soft and runny when out of refrigeration, but it remained semi-soft. The denser paste at the cheese’s core is surprisingly light. In the mouth, the cheese is creamy and slightly dry. The rind adds a chewy texture to an otherwise pliable cheese.
Constant Bliss was a big hit at our table. This cheese has all of the rich buttery sweetness of a triple cream cheese, yet offers different textures. Constant Bliss would be a great cheese for a picnic or party, as it retains its shape well out of refrigeration.
Purchase Notes: We purchased Constant Bliss at Cowgirl Creamery (San Francisco). A 5-oz. whole cheese can serve 6.