Death & Taxes

Seana Doughty grew up in Southern California, where the only cheeses in her childhood home were Velveeta and Kraft singles, along with the occasional commodity block cheddar. However, food had always been a passion. In 2008, she made a life-changing decision to quit her desk job and immerse herself in the world of cheese, first as a cheesemonger in Southern California. She soon opened her own creamery, Bleating Heart, and began making sheep's milk cheese in the cooler climate of the Northern California coast.

Death & Taxes is made from the milk of a single small herd of certified organic Jersey cows that live and graze on the rolling pastures of an historic dairy ranch near Tomales Bay. During ripening, the wheels are washed with Moonlight Brewing Company's Death & Taxes black lager, which encourages a yeasty, slightly funky aroma. The semi-firm, fudge-like paste offers notes of butter, bread and chocolate closer to the rind. 

Farm / Company: Bleating Heart

Cheesemaker: Seana Doughty

Proprietor: Seana Doughty & Dave Dalton

Affineur: Bleating Heart Team

City, State: Tomales, CA

Region: West

Country: USA

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Traditional

Rind: Washed

Texture: Semi-firm

Aging: 4 weeks

Size(s): 1.5 pound wheel