Jasper Hill’s Moses Sleeper, inspired by classic French brie, is hands down my favorite bloomy rind- ever. Yes, that’s right. The best bloomy rind I’ve ever tasted. Classic French brie is delicious, but sometimes it’s a bit mundane. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the decadently creamy, salty, lactic paste of a double creme, but sometimes my tastebuds want a little bit more complexity, and Moses Sleeper has just that.
Located in the rolling countryside of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, Jasper Hill Farm is owned and operated by brothers Andy and Mateo Kehler. Jasper Hill milks a herd of about 45 Ayrshire cows. Ayrshire cow’s milk has a high solids content and small fat globules, making it exceptional for cheesemaking. “This cheese’s historic namesake, Moses Sleeper, and his compatriot, Constant Bliss, were Revolutionary War scouts killed while defending a blockhouse along the Northeast Kingdom’s legendary Bayley Hazen Military Road” (Jasper Hill Farm).
Moses Sleeper is an approachable yet complex brie-style cheese. Beneath its thin, ivory-colored rind lies a gooey paste with an intricate array of flavors: “cauliflower, crème fraîche, and toasted nuts. A bright, clean finish with a hint of white mushroom aroma follows the rich flavors of the paste” (Jasper Hill Farm).
If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend that you go on a quest for some Moses Sleeper as soon as possible. It’s what I recommend to people who say that good ol’ Brie is too plain for them, and every person who has tried it has bought it. Yes, it’s that good.
Now get out there and find some decadently creamy, milky, and buttery Moses Sleeper!