Recognising origin and quality
The rind of a Taleggio cheese must be a natural pink colour, this shows that the cheese has been aged correctly and that the only treatment that the external part of the cheese has undergone has been normal and correct salt water sponging.
The body of the cheese is softer immediately beneath the rind as the cheese is subject to centripetal ageing: a process whereby the cheese matures from the outside towards the middle.
This means that what may seem fattier cheese beneath the rind is actually extremely mature cheese. The aroma should be lightly aromatic. It shouldn’t smell of fermentation. The entire surface of every cheese is marked with the Taleggio brand which depicts four circles. This brand covers the whole cheese so that the brand is visible even when the cheese is cut and sold in smaller pieces.
The brand on the rind guarantees that the cheese conforms to specific technical and hygienic standards which are dictated by the Consortium Protection Taleggio. The brand contains three ‘T‘s and a number which identifies the individual cheese producer. In fact, the consortium assigns a number to each member (producer or cheese ageing specialist).
To make it easier to spot, consumers can also look out for the four leaf symbol of the Consortium Protection Taleggio on the external packaging. The ID number referencing where the cheese was produced can also be clearly seen within the four leaf symbol.