Culinary Excellence - Food And Whisky Matching

August 22, 2020

From Wagyu beef to Australian Blue Mussels, there are many different dishes that go exceptionally well with a high-quality whisky. Knowing how to choose a dish in relation to the alcohol you are drinking can really enhance the overall taste experience. Read on to discover some of the best foods to enjoy when drinking some of the finest whisky… 

Smoked Fish and Meat – This goes well with smoky Scotch whiskies in particular. When it comes to alcohol and food matching one of the best ways to ensure success is to go for similar flavours. The smokiness in the whisky and in the fish/meat guarantees a winning pairing. 
Indian food – This is another style of food that goes well with smoky whiskies in particular. If you are a fan of Indian food, give this a try. You won’t regret it.
Pork Ribs – Another dish that is great to serve with whisky is pork ribs. When it comes to meat, you want to keep the dish as simple as possible. You don’t want to overwhelm the taste buds, as you will not be able to enjoy the whisky to full effect because the food will mask the flavours. Instead, opt for a light marinade for your pork ribs, rather than a hot barbecue sauce for example.
Sushi – Sushi goes well with a whole host of whisky varieties. Ardbeg is one of the best whiskies to team with this dish due to its briny and salty quality. 
Chocolate – Chocolate complements whisky beautifully, especially dark chocolate. The more cacao, the better. There are several chocolate-based desserts that you can make (or buy) that go well with whisky. Sticky Toffee Pudding goes really well with a glass of whisky. This is a traditional English dessert that features a rich moist sponge that is topped with vanilla ice cream and a thick, indulgent toffee sauce. Of course, this is the sort of thing you should save for a special occasion! We recommend keeping a weight loss journal or food diary to make sure you don’t overindulge too often.
Scallops – If you opt for a light and sweet vanilla-tinged malt, a seafood dish will go particularly well, with scallops being an excellent choice. 
Cheese – Cheese and whisky are a delicious pairing, but needless to say, there are many varieties of cheese to choose from, all of which offer different flavours. If you are enjoying a sweet Scotch, such as Glenmorangie, you should opt for a soft cheese, like Brie. However, if you are sipping on a spicy or smoky Scotch whisky, then you should go for a strong cheese, such as Roquefort or any other blue cheese. 

So there you have it: the complete guide to pairing food and whisky together like a pro. We are sure you will be surprised by just how much of a big difference this can make to your taste experience!

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