Tips On Getting The Right 'Whisky & Cheese' Pairing

‘Wine and cheese’, the celebrated pairing when it comes to pre-dinner staple at an evening with friends, is now giving way to a new kid on the block, ‘whisky and cheese’. Here are some tips on how to get it right.  

A niche pairing so far, whisky and cheese is becoming increasingly popular among a growing number of enthusiasts. Just like wine, whisky’s flavours are pretty layered and can be complimented well with certain cuisines. The key principle is to achieve a balance between the two. And if you’re familiar with wine and cheese pairings, the same rule governing flavour and body applies here too.  

So for all whisky lovers, here’s what we recommend.

Look for salt and fat content

Strong tasting whiskies go well with strong tasting cheese. Cheese with a high-fat content is best paired with whisky containing higher acidity quotient, to achieve the balance.  

Choose only one or two cheese and whisky types

Do not go overboard with your cheese selection. Choose one or maybe two types of milk cheese (blue, goat, cow, or sheep) as a starter with whisky, or else you may complicate the palette. The same applies to whisky as well. Too many of them at the same dinner will make your cheese combination effort go awry.

Begin with the mildest combination

An ideal combination would be to choose classic malt with its subdued aroma and pair it with cheddar cheese, which makes for an ideal combination.

 

Here are some tried and tested combinations:

Smoked Whisky and Roquefort

The flavour of smoked whisky can be overwhelming and can overshadow the flavour of food items that are subtle. Cheese that possesses an equally strong flavour like Roquefort will go well with it. Matching intensities in flavours is the key here.

A Guide To Pairing Whisky And Cheese

 

Smoked Whisky and Blue Cheese

The flavour of this cheese ranges from bitter and intense to musty and so is again best paired with smoky whiskies.

A Guide To Pairing Whisky And Cheese

 

Peated Single Malt and Gouda

Gouda intensifies the rich bacon notes of the whisky, while its saltiness adds a sweet and salty tinge to the whisky flavour.

A Guide To Pairing Whisky And Cheese

 

Peated Single Malt and Brie

Peated single malt becomes more palatable with Brie with its complex taste that helps extract its sweeter notes.

A Guide To Pairing Whisky And Cheese

 

Speyside Single Malts and Camembert

This smooth whisky is best enjoyed with the smooth texture of Camembert where you will experience the subtle sweetness taking over your palette.

Highland Single Malt and Camembert

When paired with Camembert, the flavour of whisky changes quite dramatically. You will experience spicy notes becoming more and more prominent while the sweeter notes take a backseat.  

A Guide To Pairing Whisky And Cheese

 

Highland Single Malt and Gouda

Gouda adds more character to the whisky and brings about saltiness and nuttiness in the flavour. If you like your tipple more rich and intense, Gouda is the perfect accompaniment.

Bourbon and Cheddar

Aged in new charred oak barrels, bourbons have a strong woody influence but a sweeter profile, and it is best matched with aged cheddar.

A Guide To Pairing Whisky And Cheese

 

Rye and Hard Cheese

It’s spicy and possesses an earthy character. So for rye lovers, hard cheese works spectacularly well, especially the ones with the crunchy salt crystals.

A Guide To Pairing Whisky And Cheese

 

Blended whisky and Camembert

Camembert is soft and creamy when it ripens (it is bland and hard initially) from the outside towards the centre, when its flavour turns rich and buttery. So it is best paired with blended whisky that has a complex range of notes.

Now that you know, what are you waiting for? Sit back, relax, and grab your favorite bottle of whisky with some of that delectable cheese.

And stay tuned to LiveInStyle.com for more whisky and food pairing updates! 

Tips On Getting The Right 'Whisky & Cheese' Pairing

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‘Wine and cheese’, the celebrated pairing when it comes to pre-dinner staple at an evening with friends, is now giving way to a new kid on the block, ‘whisky and cheese’. Here are some tips on how to get it right.  

A niche pairing so far, whisky and cheese is becoming increasingly popular among a growing number of enthusiasts. Just like wine, whisky’s flavours are pretty layered and can be complimented well with certain cuisines. The key principle is to achieve a balance between the two. And if you’re familiar with wine and cheese pairings, the same rule governing flavour and body applies here too.  

So for all whisky lovers, here’s what we recommend.

Look for salt and fat content

Strong tasting whiskies go well with strong tasting cheese. Cheese with a high-fat content is best paired with whisky containing higher acidity quotient, to achieve the balance.  

Choose only one or two cheese and whisky types

Do not go overboard with your cheese selection. Choose one or maybe two types of milk cheese (blue, goat, cow, or sheep) as a starter with whisky, or else you may complicate the palette. The same applies to whisky as well. Too many of them at the same dinner will make your cheese combination effort go awry.

Begin with the mildest combination

An ideal combination would be to choose classic malt with its subdued aroma and pair it with cheddar cheese, which makes for an ideal combination.

 

Here are some tried and tested combinations:

Smoked Whisky and Roquefort

The flavour of smoked whisky can be overwhelming and can overshadow the flavour of food items that are subtle. Cheese that possesses an equally strong flavour like Roquefort will go well with it. Matching intensities in flavours is the key here.

A Guide To Pairing Whisky And Cheese

 

Smoked Whisky and Blue Cheese

The flavour of this cheese ranges from bitter and intense to musty and so is again best paired with smoky whiskies.

A Guide To Pairing Whisky And Cheese

 

Peated Single Malt and Gouda

Gouda intensifies the rich bacon notes of the whisky, while its saltiness adds a sweet and salty tinge to the whisky flavour.

A Guide To Pairing Whisky And Cheese

 

Peated Single Malt and Brie

Peated single malt becomes more palatable with Brie with its complex taste that helps extract its sweeter notes.

A Guide To Pairing Whisky And Cheese

 

Speyside Single Malts and Camembert

This smooth whisky is best enjoyed with the smooth texture of Camembert where you will experience the subtle sweetness taking over your palette.

Highland Single Malt and Camembert

When paired with Camembert, the flavour of whisky changes quite dramatically. You will experience spicy notes becoming more and more prominent while the sweeter notes take a backseat.  

A Guide To Pairing Whisky And Cheese

 

Highland Single Malt and Gouda

Gouda adds more character to the whisky and brings about saltiness and nuttiness in the flavour. If you like your tipple more rich and intense, Gouda is the perfect accompaniment.

Bourbon and Cheddar

Aged in new charred oak barrels, bourbons have a strong woody influence but a sweeter profile, and it is best matched with aged cheddar.

A Guide To Pairing Whisky And Cheese

 

Rye and Hard Cheese

It’s spicy and possesses an earthy character. So for rye lovers, hard cheese works spectacularly well, especially the ones with the crunchy salt crystals.

A Guide To Pairing Whisky And Cheese

 

Blended whisky and Camembert

Camembert is soft and creamy when it ripens (it is bland and hard initially) from the outside towards the centre, when its flavour turns rich and buttery. So it is best paired with blended whisky that has a complex range of notes.

Now that you know, what are you waiting for? Sit back, relax, and grab your favorite bottle of whisky with some of that delectable cheese.

And stay tuned to LiveInStyle.com for more whisky and food pairing updates! 

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