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Issue 140 - The Nights Are Drawing In

Whisky Magazine Issue 140
December 2016


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The Nights Are Drawing In

Winter whisky food pairings

Winter has settled in for another year. Autumn's mulchy woodland walks in the crisp air have given way to cautious excursions over icy paths and gloves are worn once again to protect us against the nippy frost. Scarves are back for another year, wound tightly against the cold, and an army of Dick Van Dyke-esque chimney sweeps have rid my Dublin village's fireplaces of soot in preparation for turf fires and cosy evenings in. Thoughts turn, as they usually do at this time of year to festive evenings shared with friends. Hosting a festive supper need not involve hours away from guests, slaving away in the kitchen while the convivial chatter carries on in another room. The key to a stress-free gathering is prepping and delegation. Accept all offers of help! If a guest offers to bring something, suggest crusty bread and cheeses for a shared ploughman's platter which will pair with countless drams. Bought spiced nut mixes are a smart match for a whisky aperitif and will sate the hunger while waiting for latecomers.

Each of the recipes featured can be prepared ahead and finished for service.

Sticky Toffee Puddings
Paired with Bushmills 16 Years Old

This pairing really plays up the syrupy sweetness of the whiskey with the Golden Syrup and treacle serving to amplify this quality in the Bushmills. In turn, the dried fruit, nibbed nuts and spices also echo their counterparts in the whiskey.

This makes a lot, but freeze well. Make ahead and microwave to serve topped with caramel s...

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