As pervasive in Italy as Brie is in France, Taleggio is a soft-ripening cow’s milk cheese with sweet, fruity flavors and a strong, pungent nose. Like most washed-rind cheeses, Taleggio’s bark is bigger than its bite, and those who may be turned off by the strong smell are usually won over by the smooth & subtle buttery flavors.
The flavors are rich and meaty with a salty finish, like a dairy version of prosciutto. Pairs fantastically with toasted nuts & olives, dried fruit, & a spicy Italian red wine. Spice up a hot pastrami sandwich with some melted Taleggio, or add some to your favorite mac ‘n’ cheese recipe for a stinky delight.