You probably want to do something extra special if you’re going to the trouble of hosting a dinner party. Spending a full day, or days, preparing an elaborate multicourse meal isn’t the only way to make it a memorable evening. A scotch and cheese tasting is an unexpected and elegant way to impress.
It doesn’t matter if you serve scotch and cheese before or after dinner. The pairing works as a mouthwatering appetizer or a delightfully savory dessert. What’s important is finding the right type of cheese to pair with the right whisky.
These four cheeses have been carefully selected to complement different expressions from The GlenDronach. You’re this close to a deep appreciation of the power of great cheese with an incredible whisky.
The GlenDronach 12 Year and Dubliner
Scotch: The GlenDronach 12 Year
The GlenDronach ages its whisky in Pedro Ximénez and oloroso sherry casks. This is what gives The GlenDronach 12-year-old whisky its robust and rich flavor, with notes of sweet fruit, dark chocolate and walnuts. You can really bring out that sweetness with Dubliner, a cow’s milk cheese that combines the sharpness of a cheddar with the buttery richness of a Parmigiano-Reggiano. This subtle bite is the perfect match for the rich and silky-smooth whisky.
The GlenDronach 15 Year and Feta
Scotch: The GlenDronach 15 Year
You’re going to get a lot of honey and mint on the nose of The GlenDronach 15-year-old whisky, which plays nicely with feta. Take a bite before sipping the whisky to kick-start a multilayered flavor experience. You initially taste ripe fig, apricot and black cherry before finishing with those familiar honey notes from the nose.
The GlenDronach Allardice 18 Year and Gorgonzola
Scotch: The GlenDronach Allardice 18 Year
Gorgonzola emphasizes the finest features of The GlenDronach Allardice 18 year-old whisky. Named after the founder of The GlenDronach, James Allardice, this expression is matured in the finest oloroso sherry casks to give it a floral and buttery profile. The sharpness of the Gorgonzola helps bring toe subtly sweet flavors from the oloroso casks into even clearer focus.
The GlenDronach Parliament 21 Year and Unaged Goat
Scotch: The GlenDronach Parliament 21 Year
Cheese: Unaged Goat
When you sip this scotch, you’ll first notice warm spice notes like cinnamon and nutmeg. But the discerning taster will also pick up hints of sweet berries and oak. As you would expect from such a mature scotch, The GlenDronach Parliament 21-year-old whisky has a complex and full-bodied profile. A gentle and creamy unaged goat cheese helps you better identify and appreciate all the intricacies in this robust whisky.