The other day I read that there are over 700 named British cheeses produced in the UK. What an amazing number. Add to that all the Dutch, Swiss, French, German and USA unique cheese and you have an endless list of cheese possibilities. The range in South Africa is limited. We do still manage to find great options when we look for it. This week, John came home with a Creamy Lancashire from Woolworths. A couple of weeks ago we found a delicious Red Leicester.
I expected it to taste quite similar to the Leicester, but what a difference. Lancashire is an English cow’s-milk cheese from the county of Lancashire. Creamy Lancashire cheese is made by a traditional technique and matured for a period of 4 to 12 weeks. It has a smooth texture and an earthy creamy flavour.
The flavour reminded me of the smell in a dark wet cave, that earthy moist aroma that fills every corner of the cave. The Creamy Lancashire is an excellent cooking cheese and when melted it maintains a smooth, even consistency.
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Whisky & Lancashire Cheese pairing
Wemyss Malts Velvet Fig
This blended Wemyss Velvet Fig release has sherry, figs, Christmas pudding stuffed with lots of sultanas and date notes. There are fresh-cut flowers and hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The spicy whisky softens with the Creamy Lancashire. The cheese looses some of its earthy notes and become nuttier. It is a rich smooth creamy combination that works really well. We give the Wemyss Malts Velvet Fig and Lancashire Cheese pairing a RATING: 4/5.
Glen Moray Single Malt
The Glen Moray is nutty and floral with hints of fruit sweetness. A soft gentle dram. We expected the Lancashire to overpower the soft whisky, but it made for a wonderfully smooth combination. It brought sweetness to the cheese and enhanced the whisky. A wonderful combination we will certainly be serving at our next whisky cheese party. We give the Glen Moray and Lancashire cheese pairing a RATING: 4/5.
Glenfiddich 19 yo Madeira Cask
We love Glenfiddich, but this is not one of our favourite releases. The Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Madeira Cask is has notes of raisin, fruit cake, citrus and oak. There are hints of ginger and cinnamon. The pairing with the Lancashire worked nicely but not as good as the 2 pairings above. It created a sweet smooth combination that enhanced the whisky. The Glenfiddich balanced out the earthy notes of the cheese. We give this pairing a RATING: 3/5.
Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt
I love the Monkey Shoulder blended malt. It is an easy drinking dram and with the abundance of sweet oak, cereals and bourbon notes, we expected a great pairing. However, this was the pairing that did not work so well. The whisky is great, the cheese is great, but they don’t do anything to each other. We give the Monkey Shoulder and cheese pairing a RATING: 2,5/5.
Have you paired a Creamy Lancashire cheese with any whisky?
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