WHISKY & CHOCOLATE PAIRING IN 10 SIMPLE STEPS Whisky – as well we know – has a complex flavor portfolio, whichever region or distillery it is from. Tasting whisky with chocolate can be a really interesting way to pull out even the subtlest of flavors.
How to do it – ok – so even if you are not a huge chocolate snacker – we’ve discussed on this very blog the pairings you may not expect from cheese to mixing whisky in drinks. But in a very different way same way crisps and beer are perfectly matched – chocolate and whisky may just surprise you.
1. Have a look at the flavors on your whisky and pick your dram thoughtfully 2. Pick your chocolate! 3. In terms of choice for both think about how the flavors might work… so short dry whisky go to with something dark and flavorsome, or try a smokey highland with white chocolate. 4. Either way – pick your dram first and chocolate second. 5. Pour a dram of your whisky… snap off the piece of the chocolate 6. First, take a sip of the whisky and let the flavors infuse in your mouth as usual. Make a note of the key flavors. 7. Next take a bite of the chocolate and let it melt in your mouth. 8. The flavors should be beginning to layer in your mouth 9. See what you can taste with the chocolate and whisky combined – is the smokiness more intense with a sweet accompaniment? Does the bitter of dark chocolate bring out the honey depth to your dram? 10. Sit back and relax. Savour the flavor. Your work here is done.
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WHISKY & CHEESE PAIRINGS You can’t beat a good cheese board… gouda, cheddar, wensleydale, brie, stilton…
Scotland produces some brilliant local cheeses - Dunsyre Blue, Red Anster and the brilliantly named Cambus o’May from Deeside.
It’s a well-kept secret that cheese and whisky can deliver some brilliant flavour parings. Here are two of our favourites that should be simple to try out….
If you like a rich cheese, like a strong blue that packs a punch, you need a whisky that can balance both the creaminess and the intensity. Stilton is a great after dinner cheese with oakcakes and a whisky – and to match we’d recommend going for a lighter whisky like a Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
For Stilton, or any blue cheese just look for heather and floral tones in your whisky that will highlight the creaminess but not challenge the blue running through. We’d recommend an English special like Cropwell Bishop.
We love a pairing that does exactly what it says on the tin. So our next suggestion would be fight fire with fire! Or rather, smoke with smoke. Try a highland (and island) single malt and check the tasting notes for that puff of smoke.
Once you have your smokey whisky, you have a fine selection of Scottish smoked cheeses to choose from to match alongside. We’d recommend cheddar. Try Smoked Cheddar Dark or Arran Oak Smoked Cheddar – two brilliant Scottish local cheeses that couldn’t do more to belong alongside a Highland Scotch.
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