Top 7 Simple Dishes to Pair with Scotch and Whiskey by MER Patrimony

Top 7 Simple Dishes –

to Pair with Scotch and Whiskey

Before considering the best dishes to marry with your drinks, there’s a catch with these two. Scotch and whiskey can have quite a few differences. Whiskey is a distilled beverage made from fermented grain and kept in wooden barrels. The grain used to make whisky may be corn, barley, rye, or wheat. But what about scotch? Well, scotch is a type of whiskey. Surprised? But it’s not that simple. Scotch is whisky, but not all whiskey is scotch. To be called scotch, the drink has to be kept in wooden (mostly oak) barrels for three (or more) years in the country of Scotland.

Scotch and whiskey go so well in your tumbler that you really need nothing more than the beverage and maybe a couple of good friends to share it with you—just drink the spirits straight. But you might want to try something new, such as some delicious whiskey and scotch food pairings. Here are the top seven simple dishes to try with scotch and whiskey.

Scotch and whiskey go so well in your tumbler that you really need nothing more than the beverage and maybe a couple of good friends to share it with you—just drink the spirits straight. But you might want to try something new, such as some delicious whiskey and scotch food pairings. Here are the top seven simple dishes to try with scotch and whiskey.

1. Cheese Plate

There’s nothing better than a good ol’ cheese plate. It goes well not only with wine but also with whiskey. There are many types of cheese you can choose from, but you’d be better off selecting three or four types to complement the drink. 

You should definitely go for blue cheeses such as Roquefort or Dorblu if you prefer strong drinks. They have a distinct, sharp smell and are fat enough to complement the body of the spirits. You can also choose softer and milder cheeses such as sheep, goat, or cow cheese to pair with sweeter whiskey and scotch. 

Cheese plate - addition to the beverage | MER

2. Apple Pie 

Sweet apple pie combines well with whiskey. The sweet smell and taste of the pie complement the drink. It can be served with cream, cheddar, or ice cream. However you choose to have it, you will definitely enjoy this food combo. 

Sweet apple pie - pairing with whiskey

3. Nuts

A plate of nuts is a good food pairing with scotch. Peanuts, walnuts, pistachios, and Brazil nuts pair perfectly with strong whiskey and scotch, and roasted nuts go well with smokier drinks. Help yourself to a handful of healthy nuts. Try also dipping them in sweet honey.

A plate of nuts - good food pairing with scotch

4. Chocolate

It might seem a strange choice for a scotch and whiskey food pairing, but chocolate can be a real treat that goes perfectly with such drinks. But you’d better opt for a bar of dark chocolate, not a sweet and sugary one. Bitter dark chocolate will complement strong scotch and whiskey, while milk chocolate will add some tenderness to the flavor of the beverages. 

You can also choose a chocolate bar with some additives such as orange or lemon peels, chili peppers, salt, mint, raspberry, or various nuts. You might try out different flavors and choose the one you like best. 

5. Dried Fruit

Like with the plate of cheese and nuts, dried fruit is quite a delicious food pairing with whiskey and scotch. You should eat sweet fruit with strong beverages, and less sweet with milder ones. Dates, prunes, pears, bananas, pineapples, coconut, persimmons, cherries, dried apricots, figs, and many others—just create your mix or select a few types of dried fruit and enjoy your drink. 

6. Steak

The list wouldn’t be complete without this food —grilled steak. If the idea of complementing your drink with cheese, nuts, or chocolate doesn’t fit your fancy, then you might want to go for a good piece of grilled meat. It matches so perfectly with scotch! Also, smoked whiskey tastes quite marvelous with such food.

Grilled steak - paired with scotch and whiskey

7. Fish 

Fish is another dish that goes well with scotch and whisky, especially smoked salmon. It marries well with smoked whiskey, which can also be light and sweet.

Fish - that goes well with scotch and whisky

No matter what kind of pairing you choose for your scotch and whiskey evening, you can find something that will perfectly match your drink. Be it apple pie, a plate of various cheeses, dried fruit, nuts with honey, fish, grilled steak, or chocolate, you can be sure the food and drink pair perfectly. If you have a special occasion with a bunch of your friends, why don’t you try each dish! Dig in and savor your drinks!

If you are interested in picking up the best whiskey to pair with your food, you can take a look at our best options here. Enjoy your scotch with excellent food!

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