Taleggio is a washed-rind cheese that is strong in aroma but relatively gentle in taste, with sweet notes and a fruity tang. It is semi-soft in texture and named after Val Taleggio, the mountain valley in Northern Italy from where it originated as far back at the 10th Century. During maturation it is regularly dry salted or brine washed to develop its distinctive salmon-pink rind and pungent aroma. More information (including allergens) >
A bit whiffy for some but surprisingly mild in flavour and melts to a lovely creamy consistency.
Country of Origin
Ingredients: Cheese (milk).
Allergen advice: for allergens see ingredients in bold.
Katie Goodchild dipWSET, Suffolk-based wine expert and cheese lover, recommends Nunzio Ghiraldi ‘Il Gruccione’ 2017 -
“Sometimes you find a pairing that is so fantastic the notion of work goes out the window and you simply can’t stop indulging. That’s what happened when I tasted Taleggio with a white wine from Italy’s Lugana wine region.
There’s a lot going on with this cheese. It’s a wash-rind cheese (washed once a week throughout ripening); it’s soft, creamy, slightly melting yet firm and crumbly. It’s herbaceous, aromatic, sweet and sour. Where to start when choosing a wine match? I decided to opt for a white wine and one whose body would match that of the cheese.
Lugana is a small wine region in the north west of Italy. Production is small so prices are higher than the average Italian white wine, but the quality of wine from Lugana is exceptional. Nunzio Ghiraldi ‘Il Gruccione’ 2017 is full-bodied with notes of ripe peach and nectarine, lemon zest, a hint of fennel and a creamy finish. The perfect match to Taleggio’s own flavour profile. Each mouthful is a joy, the palate refreshed from the wine’s rounded acidity. In my opinion, this match needs no other accompaniments."
I find talleggio difficult to get even though I have home deliveries from local stores. When I type in the cheese I want, it invariably comes up as unavailable , so very pleased to be able to order from your company.
Wednesday, At first it didn't seem to live up to its description, day two, taste becoming more 'rich' and on Sunday it was almost demolished, by two of us, as the best cheese on the board. I had plans for any remains in a tagliatelle dish but I think these were rather dashed. Superb.
Substituted St Helena so disappointed but was delicious anyway
I'm not a huge cheese nerd so far, been buying mostly from supermarkets, but was exploring more interesting cheeses there. This was the first time I bought online from a cheese shop, and I have to tell, I was very happy with my choice!
I can wholeheartedly recommend this cheese. It is surprisingly mild tasting compared to its strong aroma. To put it in perspective, I find the taste definitely milder than a Camembert or a Brie. It is a moldy cheese, at least the one I got sent, but I don't think it was made to be deliberately very moldy. The inside of the cheese is soft, but not creamy. Overall I find it great for evening snacking, or melted on a toast for breakfast.