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Whisky pairings

Whisky and food – strange bedfellows?

Not so, says Martine Nouet, long a proponent of cooking with whisky, and that’s all 3 courses. Her website is illuminating, it even gives suggestions on what food to pair whisky with.

She is not alone on that front. Cooking with whisky is a growing trend in Scotland, and the UK as a generic whole. Chefs are discovering the versatility of the drink and the flavours it can bring out in the dish, the Guardian reports.

A little closer to home, sashimi and Japanese whisky is not uncommon, Talisker works well too but is a less obvious international match. Still, any meal soothed with whisky gets me raised eyebrows anywhere in Singapore, family included. Such a pity that so many people still think whisky is stuff ‘mixed with coke to get you drunk’, when there is no reason, with its immense spectrum of flavours, it cannot be paired with a meal in place of wine. I suggest that there are even some dishes that go best with whisky. To put all these words into some action, I decided that the informal  whisky tasting I am hosting for friends tomorrow can have snack pairings.

After some head scratching I came up with this:

Rosebank 12 yo Flora & Fauna – tough one, so light and delicate. I’m matching it with strawberries, green grapes and dusted almonds.

Springbank 10 yo 100 proof – coastal! To be matched with Smoked salmon and cream cheese on crackers.

Clynelish 15 yo Adelphi – Waxy high clean fruit notes. Lemon, candied ginger and macadamia cookies. Ahem self-made.

Old Pulteney 17 yo – Lightly sherried but a highlander at heart. Honey smoked ham and cucumber rolls.

Balmenach 25 yo Signatory – Fruit bomb. Goes with a nutty pistachio biscotti. Also ahem self-made.

Glenfarclas 21 yo – Tis a Glenfarclas. Dark chocolate.

Highland Park 25 yo – Sherried, bit smoky, eh by this stage, anything really.

Lagavulin 16 yo – blue cheese and smoked cheese on fig crackers.

There, I hope it goes well.

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Edit —-

Success! Food was well received, though i suspect by the 5th round nobody cared what they were eating anymore…

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