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.
Originally developed by Irishman Jhon Lucey, the cheese is a robust aged cow’s milk cheese with a hard texture similar to a Cheddar. The cheese aims to combine the sharpness of mature cheddar and the buttery sweetness of Parmesan with the nuttiness of Swiss cheese. The Kerrygold Dubliner is firm and smooth and we picked up notes of pepper, creamy butter and sweet vanilla.
Wild Geese Irish Single Malt & Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese pairing
Our first try was with the Wild Geese Irish Single Malt. Our tasting notes for this triple distilled whiskey from the Green Isle included layers of toasted oak and wood, a bit of fresh fruit and spice, hints of pepper, vanilla and some floral notes. It is not a sweet whiskey. It is full-bodied and a smooth, easy-going whiskey. What an amazing whisky cheese pairing. The Wild Geese enhanced the buttery nature of the cheese making it creamier and smoothed out the pepper notes. The spice in the whiskey enhanced the sweetness of the cheese. The Dubliner cheese enhanced the smooth and rich whiskey and lengthened an already amazing finish. We give this Wild Geese Irish Single Malt whiskey and Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese a Rating: 5/5.
Tullamore Dew Blended whiskey & Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese pairing
Our next dram was the Tullamore DEW. This is a new bottle to our collection and we have never tried this blended Irish whiskey before. The official tasting notes include light sweet citrus and green apple combined with vanilla undertones. Early fresh fruit leads to light spice followed by some toasted wood, which evolves into a delicious vanilla sweetness. Medium length, buttery mellowness with a touch of marzipan. The pairing of the Kerrygold Dubliner and the Tullamore DEW was enjoyable. The blended whisky brought out the vanilla sweetness of the cheese and smoothed out the pepper notes. The cheese smoothed out the whisky and enhanced the wooden notes. We gave this pairing a Rating: 4/5.
Teeling Small Batch & Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese pairing
Earlier this year, we tried the Teeling Small Batch Whiskey from Dublin and our tasting notes indicated that this whiskey had sweet notes with barley and grains. There were grassy floral notes and fresh fruit salad drifting about. boiled sweets, condensed milk and apricots. There are hints of winter spice, like nutmeg and cinnamon, intermingling with some woody notes. A less successful pairing. The sweetness of the Teeling made the pepper in the Dubliner cheese stand out and made the cheese taste quite sharp. The whiskey did not smooth out the cheese and the impact of the cheese on the Teeling was quite small.
We gave this a Rating: 2.5 / 5.
I still wanted to pair this Irish cheese with some Connemara Peated whisky as well as the Bushmills 16 yo but we so enjoyed the Wild Geese whiskey and Dubliner Cheese pairing, we finished the cheese before we could try some more. I will just have to buy some more Dubliner cheese and try with these 2 pairings as well.
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