Taleggio is an Italian, washed rind, cows milk cheese from the Lombardy region in northern Italy. It is named after the Val Taleggio which is an Alpine valley in between the provinces of Bergamo and Lecco. It is a square shaped cheese that has an aromatic and brownish red colored rind that is slightly sticky in texture. The pate is ivory colored and creamy. Taleggio is one of the oldest cheeses as it dates back to the 1200s. Each piece weighs around 4 pounds and are made in 10 inch squares and are about 2 inches thick. Its aroma is assertive and full. Its flavor is rich and beefy with salty undertones.