The Doughnut Day has its origins not at a bakery, but on the muddy, shrapnel-strewn trenches of World War I. The day started as a way to cheer up the soldiers who were risking their very lives in an effort to win the Great War. Away from the battlefield, Doughnut Day became a means of raising awareness about the war and to gather funds for the Salvation Army’s activities at the Front.
Since then, Doughnut Day is celebrated annually across the United States, on the first Friday of June, and this year it falls on 1st June. The tradition of serving doughnuts to soldiers to raise funds for the Salvation Army, has been kept alive in certain parts of the US, though it has mostly become a personal domestic celebration. So for those who want to spice up their Doughnut Day celebrations this year, and not stop at having just doughnuts, here’s a list of premium whiskies to pair your doughnuts with, and party a little harder.
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel Bourbon
A list of whiskies is often incomplete without some bourbon, so let’s start with one. Doughnut Day could soon be replaced by ‘Diabetes Day’ if some spice is not added to the overwhelming ocean of sweetness! Smooth Ambler’s Old Scout Single Barrel Cask Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey, is the ideal choice and is exactly what the label reads. It is a single barrel of whisky that has been bottled at cask strength, usually between 109 and 118 proof. The whisky opens up with notes of bold spices, tobacco and pepper, giving way to hints of dried cherries, smoke and caramel, and the finish varies from barrel to barrel, ranging from dry to sweet. Old Scout Single Barrel Bourbon and doughnuts are a match made in a food lover’s heaven, so don’t hesitate to dig in.
Price: Rs. 9,700-10,000
Ballantine’s 17 Year Old
Vanilla glazed doughnuts are a favourite among both young and old, and even if the glaze is chocolate, you know what goes best with it. The Ballantine’s 17 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky, is a full bodied Scotch, with creamy vanilla notes, that perfectly accompany chocolate and vanilla doughnuts. This pale gold whisky has a nose comprising smoke, mochaccino, leather, Madeira and chocolate. The palate then offers hints of cut herbs, fresh citrus and fudge, vanilla and a trace of peat smoke. With a long lasting finish, the Ballantine’s 17 Year Old is an ideal choice for pairing with delectable doughnut this Doughnut Day.
Price: Rs. 4,000-26,000
Availability: UK, EU, USA, South East Asia
Jameson Gold Reserve
Whisky critic Jim Murray, in his 2008 Whisky Bible, called the Jameson Gold Reserve a “sumptuous” whisky. This smooth and malty whisky is a triple distilled blend of pot still and grain whiskies, matured in a selection of Grade A casks. This whisky is first aged in virgin oak barrels, then in ex-bourbon barrels and finished in Sherry casks, all handpicked by the distillery’s Master Blender. This amber gold tipple is a good choice for pairing with most doughnuts, as the rich malty nose with sherry sweetness and caramel, paves the way for a smooth, wild honey and oak palate. Neither the whisky nor the doughnuts overpower the flavour of the other, but work in harmony, titillating the taste-buds, leaving you craving for more.
Price: Rs. 4,000-10,000
Availability: USA, UK
Method and Madness Single Malt
Fruity Pebbles doughnuts have become a popular favourite among those who are bored with chocolate doughnuts (however that is possible!). The ideal whisky to pair with this, is the Method and Madness Single Malt. This is the first Irish single malt from Midleton in a long time, in which the French Limousin oak adds floral aromatics, and bourbon casks provide a toasty, nutty character. A fresh and fruity nose, with notes of peach, flowers and biscuity sweetness, will draw you in. Complementing the fruity doughnut perfectly, the whisky is rich on the palate, with flavours of golden syrup and honey, and additional notes of cinnamon toast that linger most pleasantly.
Price: Rs. 4,000-5,000