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 matured in stacked wooden boxes in caves high in the Italian Alps, as it has for many years. It is washed and brushed several times over a month, developing a thin bloom flecked with grey yeasts and blue Penicillium mould on a 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 becomes buttery and soft as it slowly ripens.
A little history
In 1920s, Emilio Mauri built a large facility in the small mountain village of Pasturo, to make cheese as well as to collect and ripen local cheese. The natural granite caves of Valsassina offer the perfect microclimate for maturing Taleggio cheese with its near-constant 5 degrees Celsius and 95% humidity. It is this specific cave micro-climate that encourages the development of a unique flora on the outer rind, which in turn enables the development of rich, creamy interior and delicious yeasty flavours. One of very few washed-rind cheese produced in Italy, Taleggio takes advantage of high quality milk thanks to Lombardy’s rich green pastures and clean mountain air.
*DOC = Denominazione di Origine Controllata (Controlled Designation of Origin)