Whisky & Cheese Pairing: Farmhouse Mature Cheddar

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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.

Fourth on the list is Farmhouse Mature Cheddar. I then picked 3 possible whiskies from my collection to match with it and set about tasting.

Auchnagie:

Auchnagie

Full tasting notes can be found here.

Nose and Palate:

Light, fruity, slight digestive biscuit with a touch of pepper and a hint of smoke and peat.

Pairing:

A good start – the light fruitiness of the whisky complements the cheese well and brings out some sweetness, while the digestive biscuit and slight smokiness balances this out.

 

Cardhu 12 Year:

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Full tasting notes can be found here.

Nose and Palate:

Sweet and fruity with a touch of citrus, balanced by gentle smoke, oak and spice.

Pairing:

Again the fruitiness of the whisky complements the cheese well and brings out more sweetness from the cheese. The touch of citrus enhances this even further.

 

Talisker Skye:

Talisker Skye

Full tasting notes can be found here.

Nose and Palate:

Sweet, vanilla. Pepper, smoke and slight brine with some fruit and citrus underneath.

Pairing:

In comparison to the Auchnagie or the Cardhu this brought out a completely different flavour to the cheese. The higher levels of smoke and peat in the whisky brought out a nutty quality to the cheese which on its own you get a hint of but with the sweeter whiskies wasn’t apparent.

 

Final thoughts:

All of these pairings went well. However the Cardhu and the Talisker both stood out and both for different reasons. I’m not sure I’d say one was better than the other as they both gave something different and it would depend very much on what you want to get from the pairing as to which one you should pick.

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