Mac and Cheese

Meet the new pairings – whisky and cheese. On World Cheese Day, to complement the rich, creamy and sometimes sharp taste of an excellent cheese, you need a formidable whisky. These Macallan’s single malts tick all the boxes, as we learn from an American cheese professional.

The Macallan 15 Year Old Double Cask

Move over, wine and cheese. If you’re looking for that perfect accompaniment to your sophisticated cheese, pick up a dram and get inspired from some of the pairings below, to feature at your next gathering, or to savour just by yourself. Both whisky and cheese-making are sophisticated arts defined by traditions and time-honoured processes. Complex to master, but easy to enjoy – especially together – The Macallan’s range of flavour notes are the perfect complement to the rich creaminess of artisan cheeses. The Macallan is a single malt scotch whisky (to qualify as a single malt, it has to be made of 100 percent barley and brewed at a single distillery), founded in 1824, in the heart of Speyside, Scotland. The whisky is matured in oak casks from Spain and the US, from where it gets its natural colour.

Today, on World Cheese Day, we bring you four iconic whisky and cheese pairings, put forth by Elizabeth Chubbuck, American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional and Murray’s Cheese Senior Vice President, especially for The Macallan whisky.

The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask x Young Manchego Cheese The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask

The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old coupled with a Young Manchego

The Double Cask 12 Years Old could be coupled with a Young Spanish-origin Manchego because this rich, mellow sheep’s milk cheese cuts through the spice, raisins, and citrus notes (candied orange is one of them) within the Double Cask 12 Years Old, while improving the notes of creamy butterscotch, honey, and vanilla custard. It also pairs well with French sheep’s milk cheese or any earthy pecorino.

The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Old with Aged gruye?re Cheese The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak Cask

The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Old matched with Aged Gruyère

Sherry Oak 12 Years Old can be a fine match for Swiss Aged Gruyère because Alpine cheese typically leads with hints of caramelized onion, roasted garlic, and sweet nutty notes. These flavours pair wonderfully with the mellow wood smoke, spice, and dried fruit notes in Sherry Oak 12 Years Old. It also goes well with savoury Alpine cheeses like Challerhocker.

The Macallan Triple Cask Matured 15 Years Old x Mellow blue cheese

The Macallan Triple Cask Matured 15 Years Old paired with Mellow Blue Cheese

Triple Cask Matured 15 Years Old is a great complement to Mellow Blue Cheese as the buttery and salty flavours present in mellow blue cheese is a delightful, stark contrast to the floral and citrusy notes found in the Triple Cask Matured 15 Years Old (there are also notes of rich chocolate and raisin). It’s a perfect instance of opposites attracting. It also pairs well with rich buttery blues or Bavarian blue cheese.

The Macallan Rare Cask x Camembert Cheese

The Macallan Rare Cask paired with Camembert

A Rare Cask can be paired with the timeless French Camembert. This bloomy rinded and funky French cheese has floral, sweet notes that bring out Rare Cask’s hints of maple syrup, nutty spices, and candied nuts. The notes of vanilla and citrus also help cut through the cheese’s richness. It also pairs well with a classic Brie or soft-ripened triple crème cheese.

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