Whisky & Cheese Pairing: Stilton

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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.

The second in my whisky and cheese pairing series. This time a Mature Blue Stilton being paired with 3 whiskies from my collection.

Writers Tears:

Writers Tears

Full tasting notes can be found here.

Nose and Palate:

Light, apple, citrus with a sweet caramel and vanilla mix.

Pairing:

The lightness of the whisky and it’s apple and citrus qualities worked really well, cutting through the creaminess of the stilton. The sweet caramel aspect however didn’t quite sit right.

Glen Moray Elgin Classic:

Glen Moray

Full tasting notes can be found here.

Nose and Palate:

Light, white wine, citrus, floral, nutty, dry.

Pairing:

Again the lightness of this whisky and the citrus and white wine cut through the creaminess of the stilton wonderfully. This time it actually brought out the sharpness in the cheese which wouldn’t have been present on its own. Although this whisky has a sweet side it didn’t seem to interfere with the cheese.

Glenfiddich 12yr:

Glenfiddich GG

Full tasting notes can be found here.

Nose and Palate:

Sweet, fresh, apples and pears, vanilla.

Pairing:

Again the freshness and the fruit works well with the stilton. The apple and pear really comes into its own here. However once again the sweet, creaminess of the whisky clashes with the creaminess of the cheese.

Final thoughts:

A light, citrus whisky is certainly the way to go with stilton. It cuts through the creaminess and brings out a more of the flavour. The Glen Moray Elgin Classic was the clear winner here, with the others sweetness clashing with the stiltons creaminess too much.  I have heard that strong peated whiskies also go well with stilton; so stay tuned for a Whisky Pairing: Stilton Part 2 in the future?

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