Whisky and Cheese Matching ...
Whisky and Cheese is not a combination that immediately springs to mind. However, it is one that can work rather well. Whisky, does offer a number of flavours which arent found in wine but which are found in cheese, including grassiness, barrel fermented notes, and saltiness.
Many whiskies will complement cheese and bring out an array of flavours. For the occasional whisky-drinker, we would suggest a small measure of water taken with the whisky to bring the sweetness of the whisky out and enhance the taste of the cheese. Below are some combinations that you may like to try ....
For a soft mild flavour, try a Creamy Lancashire with Glen Elgin 12 year. This whisky has a fruity, sweet taste, which pairs well with the Lancashire.
Those looking for a stronger taste can match the Glen Elgin 12yo and Compass Box peat Monster with one of our great Cheddars, ideally Montgommery or Quickes, producing a full, rich result. The whisky adds to the complexity of the taste, giving an overall smokiness.
And whisky connoisseurs could try a
Cheese and Wine Shop Blue Stilton half Baby Truckle
Manchego, this Spanish classic is a semi-hard sheep's milk cheese with a slightly briny but absolutely nutty flavor. It is traditionally served as a tapa with a slice of quince paste placed directly on top the piece of the cheese. The quince is essential to this pairing as no other fruit compares. In keeping with these signature Mediterranean flavors, try with The Balvenie 17 year old Madeira Cask scotch from the Speyside region. The subtle Madeira finish and fruit notes of this scotch balance beautifully with the Manchego and quince.
A worthy partner for Lagavulin!
Golden Cross Goats Cheese & Dewar’s 12yr old, a blended Whisky with a hint of Scottish heather and a fruity nose. The hint of oak complements the flavour of the cheese and the sweetness of the Whisky blends perfectly with the creamy taste of the cheese.