Mauri Formaggi Taleggio (tah-LED-joh) DOP is a classic Italian washed rind cheese with a creamy texture and a distinctive yeasty flavour. It is still matured high in the Italian Alps, stacked wooden boxes. Washed and brushed several times over a month, the cheese develops a thin bloom flecked with grey yeasts and blue Penicillium mould on its distinctive orange rind. The colour and pungent aroma of the rind is due to the presence of Brevibacterium linens. Beneath the thin, crusty rind the ivory texture of the cheese begins to change slowly as it ripens, becoming buttery and soft.
A little history
In 1920s Emilio Mauri built a large factory in the small mountain village of Pasturo, not only to collect and ripen local cheese, but also to make cheese. Lombardy’s rich green pastures and clean mountain air are the reason for such high quality milk. Another advantage the Mauri family has is the unique maturation process that benefits from the natural caves of Valsassina where the cheese is aged. The natural caves near the village of Pasturo offer the perfect microclimate for maturing cheese.
*DOC = Denominazione di Origine Controllata (Controlled Designation of Origin