Luxurious, like a warm wool robe.
It’s an exciting little pair when you’re looking to spice things up.
When an artisan cheese meets the right whiskey, they make a bold, beautiful love on your palate.
Finding a good match between the two takes some experimentation,
but it’s generally pretty easy, especially with a few basic guidelines.
Just get yourself a good bottle of whiskey
and scroll down.
That means cheese enables you to drink more whiskey.
That means you can taste more cheese, too.
How to Pair Cheese and Whiskey
Step 1: Find Your Flavor
Before pairing, you need to know what flavors you’re trying to pair.
Start by tasting your whiskey or whiskey cocktail of choice.
Is it sweet, spicy, citrusy?
Does it remind you of spices or candied nuts?
Identify any dominant flavors and any foods that come to mind, and take note.
Step 2: Contrast or Complement
This is my general rule of thumb for any pairing:
Contrast sweet whiskies with salty cheeses, or
complement the toffee notes in bourbon with nutty aged cheeses.
You can also mimic common pairings.
Blue cheese is often paired with port, so try it a whiskey that has similar sweet flavors.
That’s pretty much all you need to know.
Keep reading for some of my favorite cheese and whiskey pairings
Let them guide you, then experiment on your own!
I especially like the clean, peppery flavors in Humboldt Fog with this tart whiskey sour.
Cheeses like this Harbison are wrapped with spruce bark, which infuses the whole wheel with a sweet, piney flavor.
It’s similar to the way an oak barrel infuses whiskey.
Pair it with your favorite Bourbon and concentrate on the similarities.
Old Fashioned + Aged Gouda
The caramelized flavors in an Old Fashioned complement and amplify those in aged gouda.
Make it extra sweet with some spiced candied nuts.
I especially enjoy Alpine cheese with a Manhattan.
It’s a little more decadent.
The classic pairing of a salty blue with a lil’ somethin’ sweet never disappoints.
I love this rich, buttery sheep’s milk blue with the decadent dessert flavors in Japanese Whiskey.
Don’t go too strong on the blue or too earthy on the whiskey, or they will out-compete each other.
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