Take note, Ladie and Gent. Wine and beer have some new competition when it comes to cheese pairing, as whisky and food pairing is quickly becoming a hot trend for 2019.


First, let me be honest and declare that I am personally not a big fan of food and alcohol pairing. Even if I know that there are essential rules of flavor that hold true across the world, I find the process ridiculously pretentious most of the time. Eating and drinking should be all about pleasure and certainly not about following rules. That said, whisky and cheese are probably two of my favorite things ever and the idea of combining them gives me the same amount of excitation as learning that Friends will finally stay on Netflix for another year.

Let’s keep things simple and say that generally speaking when pairing wine and cheese you are looking to unite two strengths of flavor and it goe the same way with whisky. For example, you wouldn’t combine a Stilton with something like Jack Daniel’s honey (aka one of the worst whiskies ever) or a really peaty whisky like Laphroaig 10 yo with a Mimolette. The mix would be pretty much disgusting along with being horrible for your digestion.

To help you through the process and to save you a lot of trouble, the people at The Macallan have laid down some ideas to inspire you:

-Presentation matters. When pairing a selection of cheeses with The Macallan, a careful arrangement will make everything look and taste its best.

-Start with cheeses that complement your whisky selection aim for multiple styles and flavours.

-Include 3-5 non-cheese accoutrements that add a variety of colours and textures to the plate.

-Pick flavours that either complement each other or are opposites. Think in terms such as ‘salty and sweet’ or
‘acidic and fatty.’

-Varying flavour profiles make a whisky tasting more dynamic and interesting. To keep guests’ palates fresh, be sure to order your Scotches from light and fruity to strong and robust, while also taking age into account. We suggest the following order and expressions: The Macallan Double Cask Gold, The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old, The Macallan Triple Cask 12 Years Old, The Macallan Triple Cask Matured 15 Years Old and finishing with a taste of The Macallan Rare Cask.

Feeling inspired to throw your own whisky and cheese party? Make sure to set the perfect atmosphere that guests will remember, and most importantly, create the right playlist to set the mood for the night. I personally suggest that you use Whiskey and Gin Blues by Memphis Slim, a song with a title that is self explanatory.

If you are looking for me, I’ll be in a corner sampling cheese before passing out from happiness.