I once read that whisky writer Michael Jackson loved to always have chocolate chip cookies on hand when tasting some of the peatier Islay malts. I can no longer find the reference, and perhaps that’s equal parts memory and wishful thinking, but I get the feeling that there are other things that can be had with whisky than cheese and oatcakes.
Trouble is, I don’t know what those things are.
Clutch and I have experimented with a number of different gastronomic snacky treats. Vegetable crisps are quite good – and stuffed olives are (if you shopped in the right aisle at Tesco) an exceptional complement to a Laphroaig.
Sundried tomatoes – also very good, but these things are good with or without the whisky, just as the whisky is very good with or without the food.
I suspect there are foods that improve the overall quality of the whisky tasting experience – but I think it’s fair to say we’re guessing at this point. Is it a pork roast? Strawberry icecream? Tuna chilli? Rockmelon? Does it depend on the age or the smokiness of the whisky?
The slice of cheese on the rough Scottish oatcake is a safe bet (and these ones may well be the best of them) – but we also want to try some other things.
Other than that… your suggestions would be welcomed.