Few things in life are more gratifying than sinking your teeth into a toasty grilled cheese sandwich oozing warm, gooey cheddar, on chilly winter evenings. So astonishingly simple, yet so satisfying— this classic dish continues to reign among favorites. How does one top such a meal? By accompanying it with a choice dram, of course.
Here are some ideas for sandwich and whiskey pairings that are certain to elevate your gastronomical experience and make it a truly spiritual one.
Pour yourself a glass of Islay Scotch with that grilled bacon and cheese. The characteristic smokiness of peat matches the fatty, salty meat and cheddar marvelously. Scotch is unique because of its extra bite to the tongue. Cheddar too, has a zing that is accentuated by the Scotch. The Macallan Single Malt and Johnnie Walker are both good options.
Peaty whiskies in general, such as bourbon, are perfect with barbequed meats. The earthy peat heightens the slightly charred aftertaste, while the sweetness of the marinade serves to balance the smokiness. Try a pulled pork sandwich with a dram of Woodford Reserve. Your taste buds will thank you.
A hot ham or pastrami sandwich dipped in a light gravy, is complemented splendidly by rye whiskey. Rye is spicy and grainy, with a stronger kick than bourbon. It combats the peppery, briny tang of the meat excellently. Rittenhouse and Wild Turkey produce quality rye whiskies that are great choices.
If a spicy chorizo is your sandwich meat of choice, why not wash it down with a sweet bourbon? It will even out the chorizo’s pungent paprika heat without competing with its robust flavor profile. The Jack Daniels Single Barrel makes a prime candidate for pairing, as does the Four Roses Small Batch.
Whether you like to whip up your own sandwich creations or haunt your favorite diner, make sure to pair it with a glass of fine whiskey next time.
Pairing scotch with food is a bit of a challenge owing to its strong flavor and heavy alcohol content. Even in Scotland, the alcohol is not preferred to be consumed along with dinner, rather served after it. But why reserve your favorite drink for the end? Choose a perfect appetizer to complement the whiskey flavor of your choice.
If you are mad about meat and like a dram for dinner, chances are you are a steak junkie. It’s no secret that whiskey goes well with a prime cut, done up crisp or left bloody. But, here’s the thing – it’s not just a shank or belly that couples just right with a glass of rich bourbon or scotch. Offal are just as worthy.
It takes time to appreciate, but then if you do, you cannot really imagine sipping your whiskey without expecting some peat. If you have not acquired the taste yet, give it a little time. And pairing up your dram of peaty delight with the right kind of food uplifts the experience manifold. Many would argue that it isn’t necessary to have a starter with whiskey or scotch.