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Taleggio: Is it stinky?

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I was able to find some Taleggio here in Chicago for my focaccia. Upon opening, it smelled like old socks. Well-aged. I don't mind but it's off-putting for some family members. I was hoping for something more kid friendly. Do I return the rest to the cheese guy for an exchange of a milder piece or is this the nature of the beast?

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  1. It smells like wet socks, but the taste is absolutely fabulous. Maybe you should get an aged provolone, mozarella, or some gruyere?

    1. If it's not off-putting to some family members, you didn't get Taleggio!

      It's very very stinky. When I point at it cheesemongers usually ask me if I've had it before. They don't want to scare anyone away. They usually also lay down an extra layer of butcher paper and put on fresh gloves between working with Taleggio and going back to other cheeses, to avoid cross-contamination.

      1. It may not be kid friendly but it certainly is yummy.

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          1. I also think it doesn't taste nearly as strong as it smells - really quite creamy - enjoy!