Our whisky cheese pairing experiments are enjoyable. We love hunting down interesting cheese and reading up on it and then try to find whisky that will work. It leads to a lot of failures. My database of what does not work, is bigger than the list of what works. But it does not matter. For each tasting, we sit down, have some laughs, try some whisky and just have fun. What better way to spend a late Saturday afternoon? On Friday I found a delicious looking Red Leicester at Checkers.
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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.
I have known Marietjie since University. There we shared many a bottle of whisky around a badly lit kitchen table, solving the world’s problems. Today she is a successful career woman and mom and works as the National Key Account Manager for Clover SA. About a month ago, I saw her for drinks and she had a big complaint.
Going past a well-stocked Woolworths is a treat and last week we found a Fairview Blue Tower cheese. A while ago we tried the Fairview Camembert Cheese with whisky. It was delicious. This Fairview Blue Tower has won the South African National Dairy Championships First Prize in the Blue or White Veined Cheese Category for 2015. This Blue Tower is a full fat blue veined Gorgonzola-style cheese with a mild flavour and a rich, creamy texture.
I 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 Dublin City, though produced in County Cork.