I have wanted to try an Irish whiskey with an Irish cheese pairing for ages. Last year we tasted the Wild Geese Irish Single Malt and my immediate thought was that this should go very nicely with creamy Irish cheese. But there have been so many other interesting cheeses to try and we forgot about this pairing. Until I found a block of Kerrygold Full Fat Dubliner cheese in the shop and decided that it is time for some Irish Dubliner is an Irish cheese named after the city of Dublin, though it is produced in County Cork.
We have quite a few bottles from William Grant & Sons. We started our whisky collection with a bottle or 2 from The Balvenie and added some Glenfiddich as we went along. We loved the Monkey Shoulder and was very happy to get our hands on a Kininvie 17 yo. All these brands are part of the William Grant stable. Looking over our collection, I realized that there was still a piece missing. We missed some of the Grant’s blended whisky. William Grant lived in Dufftown, in the heart of Speyside. He went to father not only 7 sons and 2 daughters, but also some of the world’s best know Scottish whisky brands. William Grant & Sons Ltd. is an independent, family owned company.
Some time ago we tried the Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey and loved it. It has become one of our favourite whiskies and if you follow us on twitter, you would have seen us pair the Knob Creek Kentucky Bourbon with a brisket smoked on our Big Green Egg. I started to look around for more bourbon from the Jim Beam Company, but sadly, the availability of bourbon whisky in South Africa is declining. I managed to get my hands on the Jim Beam Black Triple Aged. In the late 1700s, German, Scotch and Irish settlers farmed in Western Pennsylvania. When the U.S. government promised incentives for moving to the wild frontier of Kentucky to grow corn, Jacob Beam jumped at the opportunity.
We have had this bottle of Glenmorangie 18 yo in our collection for so many years, we can’t even remember where we got it. It has stood in the back of the cupboard for at least 7 years. We have not touched it in many a moon. Glenmorangie is a Highland distillery in Tain, Ross-shire, Scotland. The Glenmorangie distillery was established in 1843, on the Durnoch Firth by brothers William and John Mathesen. The site previously held a brewery and made use of the Tarlogie Spring. Glenmorangie boasts the tallest stills in Scotland. Prohibition in America and the Great Depression reduced whisky sales and Glenmorangie was mothballed between 1931 and 1936. The Second World War affected the distillery and again it was mothballed until 1944.
On one of my regular meanders through our local Checkers Cheese World, I found a Milwaukee smoke flavoured semi hard cheese. Not a smoked cheese, but smoke flavored cheese. Of course, with all the smoky notes in whisky, I had to see what this interesting cheese would pair with. This is a cow’s milk cheese from the Morning Milk company.