Ideas: Food Pairing with Whisky

Ideas: Food Pairing with Whisky

Ever wondered which food pairs well with your whisky? Well…we’ve got the answers for you. We looked at some pairing ideas from Johnnie Walker, Glen Scotia, The Glenlivet, Chivas Regal and many more.  Take a look at some of the insights and suggestions below for inspiration for your next bespoke whisky tasting!

 

 

Johnnie Walker Green Notes

 

The individual malt characteristics of the mature malt whiskies in Johnnie Walker Green Label are perfectly balanced, bringing intense aromas of crisp cut grass and fresh fruit with wood smoke, pepper, deep vanilla and sandalwood and a depth of character that just isn’t possible from one malt whisky alone.

 

Possible pairing suggestion – Chicken roulade stuffed with spinach and feta on a bed of asparagus drizzled with lemon and herb sauce. Meal Option

 

   

Johnnie Walker 18

 

Johnnie Walker Aged 18 Years has rich sweet fruit aromas along with toffee caramel, vanilla and a hint of smoke. It is warming and sweet on the palate with dark fruits, malty cereal, smooth creamy vanilla, fragrant almonds and tangerines, and a gentle smoke developing. A lingering finish brings notes of dark chocolate, caramelised citrus peel and very light smoke.

 

Possible pairing suggestion – Biltong crusted kingklip on a bed of seasonal veggies, served with sautéed potatoes and chorizo, topped with fish velouté

 

 

Johnnie Walker Blue Label

 

Johnnie Walker Blue Label has a mellow, rounded nose, with a dry smokiness mixed with raisin sweetness. The first sip reveals a velvety mouthfeel, followed by an explosion of flavour – hazelnuts, honey, rose petals, sherry and oranges. Subsequent sips reward with more hidden secrets like kumquats, wispy aromatic smoke, sandalwood, tobacco, and dark chocolate. The rich, uniquely long and satisfying finish of smoke and pepper ends with a glorious touch of spice.

 

Possible pairing suggestion – mixed cheese with cold meat and biscuits served with assorted grapes and fruits.

Glen Scotia Double Cask

 

Glen Scotia double cask with a cheese board and savoury meats to pair with the sweet, salty and Smokey notes of the whisky. It’s a light whisky and the taste will blend well with goats’ cheeses and smoked meats.

 

More pairing ideas from Penord Ricard…

 

Small Dishes/ Appetisers

Smoked/Cured Scottish Salmon

 

Light/delicate/floral whiskies work well and allow the flavour of the salmon to shine through

 

The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve

The Glenlivet 12-Year-Old

Longmorn Distiller’s Choice

Scapa Skiren (the light fruit and slight saltiness can complement fish dishes well)

Cheese and Oatcakes

 

Mature/strong cheeses work well with sherry-matured whiskies whilst lighter/cream cheeses work well with more delicate flavours.

 

 

Mature/strong cheeses paired with:

 

The Glenlivet 15 French Oak

The Glenlivet 18

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Cask

Aberlour A’Bunadh

 

 

Lighter/cream cheeses paired with:

 

The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve

The Glenlivet 12-Year-Old

Longmorn Distiller’s Choice

 

Starters

 

Cock-A-Leekie Soup (please find a description about this soup?)

Light-bodied, delicate flavours work well and don’t overpower the broth

 

The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve

The Glenlivet 12-Year-Old

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection

Aberlour 12

Longmorn Distiller’s Choice

Longmorn 16

 

 

Cullen Skink (please find a description about this dish?)

Avoid smoky whiskies as the smoke from the whisky may “clash” with the smoke from the haddock.  Whiskies with notes of fruit or lighter spice can cut through the distinctive flavour of the soup.

 

The Glenlivet 15 French Oak Reserve

The Glenlivet 18

Aberlour 12

Chivas Regal 12

 

Main Course

 

Haggis, Neeps And Tatties (please find a description about this dish?)

 

Pair the spicy flavour of haggis with a whisky that can stand up to this strong flavour.  Heavily sherried or smoky whiskies work well.

Allt-a-Bhainne

The Glenlivet 15 French Oak Reserve

The Glenlivet 18

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Cask

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Cask

Aberlour 12

Aberlour A’Bunadh

Scapa Glansa

Chivas Regal 18

 

Venison (please find a venison recipe to include here?)

 

Spicy and smoky whiskies will stand up to the richness of venison.

 

 

Allt-a-Bhainne

The Glenlivet 15 French Oak Reserve

The Glenlivet 18

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Cask

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Cask

Aberlour 12

Aberlour A’Bunadh

Scapa Glansa

Chivas Regal 18

 

Beef 

 

There’s room for creativity when pairing with beef.  Ideally, look for a relatively robust flavour, but consider any sauces that the beef is served with.

 

The Glenlivet 15

The Glenlivet 18

The Glenlivet Nadurra First Fill Selection

The Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso Cask

The Glenlivet Nadurra Peated Cask

Allt-a-Bhainne

Aberlour 12

A’bunadh

Scapa Skiren

Scapa Glansa

Chivas Regal 18

 

Desserts

 

Fruit-Based Desserts (Clootie Dumpling, Fruitcake, Ecclefechan Tart)

 

Anything fruity is well-complemented with a traditional Speyside whisky.  For richer desserts, aim for whiskies with spice and a fuller body.

 

The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve

The Glenlivet 12-Year-Old

The Glenlivet 15

The Glenlivet 18

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Cask

Aberlour 12

Aberlour A’bunadh

Scapa Skiren (not Speyside, but has fruity, peachy notes)

Chivas Regal 12

Chivas Regal 18

 

Truffles/Chocolate Pudding/Chocolate Cake 

 

Pair rich, chocolatey desserts with sherried whiskies.

 

 

The Glenlivet 15

The Glenlivet 18

The Glenlivet Oloroso Cask

Aberlour 12

Aberlour A’bunadh

Chivas Regal 18

 

It’s always best to use the same whisky which is used to make the Cranachan.  Fruity and nutty whiskies will complement the raspberries and oats in this dessert.

The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve

The Glenlivet 12-Year-Old

The Glenlivet 18

Aberlour 10

Aberlour 12

Scapa Skiren

Chivas Regal 12

Chivas Regal 18

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