Whisky & Cheese Pairing: Gouda


Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.


I’ve had a love of cheese since before I had a love of whisky. At both this years and last years Whisky Birmingham I went to their Whisky and Cheese Masterclasses. However I have never got round to trying to do whisky and cheese paring for myself; until now that is! With a Whisky Tasting to host in early October I’ve started my research early. First on the list is an extra Mature Gouda. I then picked 3 possible whiskies from my collection to match with it and set about tasting.

The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14yr:

Balvenie 14yr

Full tasting notes can be found here.

Nose and Palate:

Sweet, creamy, custard, vanilla, oak, a touch of spice and subtle fruit.


The oak and spice in the whisky nicely complemented the nutty, creaminess of the cheese. However the sweetness of the whisky didn’t quite work. Although a good match this could work better with  a different cheese (maybe a younger gouda even).


Highland Park 12yr:

HP 1

Full tasting notes can be found here.

Nose and Palate:

Sweet, brown sugar, smoke, spice and oak.


Once again the oak and spice in the whisky nicely complemented the nutty, creaminess of the cheese. The smoke added an extra element to this and although the whisky again has a sweet side the smokiness made it work better with the gouda than the sweetness of the Balvenie did.


Jura Superstition:

Jura Superstition PNG.png

Full tasting notes can be found here.

Nose and Palate:

Creamy, slight peat, lightly smoked, sweet, chocolate, hazelnuts.


This one really hit the nail on the head. The creaminess, slight peat and light smoke along with the strong hazelnut flavours worked perfectly with the gouda. Although once again the Jura had a sweetness too it it wasn’t contrasting in comparison to the Balvenie and instead worked with the cheese.



Final thoughts:

The Jura Superstition was a perfect match for the extra mature gouda. Although the other pairings worked well they didn’t quite cut it in comparison. It would be interesting to try some stronger peated whiskies with this in the future; maybe a Whisky Pairing: Gouda Part 2 at some point?

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Habitgirl says:

    I had to like this because my last whisky purchase was the Balvenie. I will try it with cheese, thank you!


    1. A very good whisky! I think it would be worth trying with chocolate too although not entirely sure would would make the best pairing.

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      1. Habitgirl says:

        Dark chocolate maybe, hmm. I will see. I’ve been drinking it neat to get the full flavor, but the rum aspect gets a bit much.

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      2. Yeah I think dark chocolate would go well. I might need to experiment with different percentage cocoa chocolates at some point.


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