When choosing a whiskey to pair with food, the flavour characteristic of the whiskey – smoky, sweet, spicy or citrussy – will influence your food choice. The right whiskey can amplify the natural flavour of your meal.
Pair a smoky whiskey with a strong cheese. A simple cheese board would work wonders as a snack or you could try these blue cheese croquettes that contain a whole lot more of our reccommended pairing ingredients.
Fruit that contain too much citrus can mask the whiskey’s flavour. Try apples or pears, or other similarly tangy or tart fruit.
Bourbon has an underlying sweetness that will pair well with a dessert.
Simple (slow) roasts
Don’t overpower a smoky whiskey with heavily spiced meat. Try a slow roast with subtle flavours for a perfect balance. Something like this roast pork belly with cider, apple and sage.
Cook’s note: For guaranteed crackling, whack pork belly under a hot grill first, then roast it slowly with cider or stock for a juicy finish.
Salt can enhance the taste of whiskey without overpowering it. Simple bar snacks like nuts and pretzels will do fine, but if you want to put in a little more elbow grease, why not try this Mexican cheese dip with roast chilli and chorizo recipe?
Or these rosemary and bacon-wrapped sausages?
Whiskey is a great complement to dark chocolate. The darker, the better.