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Ile de France Brie cheese and whisky pairing

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After a relaxing holiday, 2016 started with  new opportunities.  And a chance to try out more whisky and cheese pairings. During December 2015, Checkers brought out a  new cheese brochure, which I read from end to end. It had all kinds of amazing cheese ideas and I kept it for further inspiration. The front page had a picture of the cutest little Ile de France Brie cheeses. You might say that Brie cheese should not be described as cute, but when you see these little delicate Ile de France morsels, you would agree.

Brie is one of the best know French cheeses and a staple on cheese boards around the globe. It is soft cow milk cheese named after the French Brie region, where it was first produced.

After molding and draining, the cheese is unmolded, salted and inoculated with mold and then aged for at least of 4 weeks. It has a bloomy rind and the flavor has creamy and hazelnut butter notes. Brie has hints of sweet fruit and a slightly tangy and earthy after taste. The Ile de France Brie was slightly more salty compared to the locally produced Brie’s. This however created a wonderful contrast with the whisky.  It is best to serve Brie at room temperature.

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I tried various whisky pairings with this Brie below are my results:

Glen Grant Major Reserve and Ile de France Brie Cheese pairing

Brie cheese Glen Grant Majors Reserve single malt whisky pairingI first tried the Glen Grant Major Reserve at the Whisky Life Festival during 2015 and loved it. This fruity whisky with it heaps of spicy notes is a firm favourite and worked wonderfully with the salty Il de France Brie cheese. The Glen Grant apple notes made the cheese sweeter and creamier and the Brie smoothed out the spicy notes in the whisky. It is a wonderful balance between sweet and salty. I give the Glen Grant Major Reserve and Brie Cheese pairing a Rating: 4/5.

The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 yo and Ile de France Brie Cheese pairing

Brie cheese Balvenie Caribbean Cask single malt whisky pairingLooking back, I have tried quite a few cheese pairings with this Caribbean Cask release. The tropical fruit and vanilla notes seem to pair nicely with softer cheeses. It is robust enough to stand up to the earthy tangy character of the cheese, but soft and smooth enough not to overwhelm it. The combination is creamy smooth and rich and you don’t want the experience to finish. I give this Balvenie Caribbean Cask and Brie cheese pairing a Rating: 4/5

The Black Grouse and Ile de France Brie Cheese pairing

Brie cheese Black Grouse blended whisky pairingOne of my favourite peaty blends was up next. The Black Grouse with its mild peat, smoke and caramel notes, is a favourite when we eat Indian food. But it is also mild enough to go with these small morsels of cheese perfection. The creaminess in the Brie smooths out the peaty notes and the cheese becomes more creamy and rich. I give the Black Grouse and Brie Cheese pairing a Rating: 3,5/5.

I tried the cheese with the Glenlivet 12 yo and it worked well.   A pairing with a Grant Sherry cask and a Tullibardine Sauternes Cask however did not work so well.  Have you tried this soft cheese paired with whisky yet?

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  1. Gabe

    Nice pairings, hadn’t thought of Glen Grant. Another excellent pairing is the Amrut Indian single malt. The caramel and peaty notes really sing with the earthy Brie.

    Also you can easily swap the Brie for Camembert when pairing with the Caribbean cask aged Balvenie and most other Speyside single malts. Something about the sweet Speysides really clicks with the earthy, mushroomy flavours of the Camembert.

    When it comes to whisky and cheese I just imagine what I would put on a board next to the chosen cheese (eg dried fruits, apple, spicy dip etc) and then look for those flavours in the whisky.

    • Jeannette Wentzel

      Yes, you can easily swap the Brie and the Camembert around. The Balvenie Caribbean is a very versatile dram that works with quite a few cheeses. When I serve this at home, there is usually candied nuts and fresh grapes paired with the cheese. Thank you for stopping by

  2. I love Brie! No joke this is my fave cheese I want to try all of these whiskeys, where are the best whiskey tastings in London?? Thanks for sharing with #GlobalBlogging!

  3. Black Grouse is my absolute favorite! I love a good peaty whiskey! I have just bought my husband a personalized whiskey decanter and glasses for Christmas. I guess we will have to put it to work 🙂 #globalblogging

    • Jeannette Wentzel

      O Wow! What a great Christmas gift. I think he will love it. And Black Grouse also goes well with Indian food. 😜 It is really very versatile!

  4. I have never really had a taste for whiskey, but as I have grown older have learned to love Brie cheese…after reading this post i am inspired to give whiskey another, more grown up , chance! Thanks for sharing! #GlobalBlogging

    • Jeannette Wentzel

      Try a soft smooth dram with the cheese. Good luck with experimenting. Thank you for stopping by.

  5. Mmmm brie cheese and whiskey sounds gooood! 😉 #GlobalBlogging

  6. I love cheese, and yes these little brie’s are ‘cute’! I don’t like whiskey though at all, I really want to. In our house I would eat the cheese and Hubby would drink the whiskey. He actually has form Glenlivet 12yo in the cupboard.

    • Jeannette Wentzel

      Not a bad compromise. One eating the cheese and one drinking the whisky. Teamwork 😁. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great week.

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