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Issue 40 - MarriagesmadeinHebrides

Whisky Magazine Issue 40
June 2004

 

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MarriagesmadeinHebrides

It'seasytospiceupyourfoodofferingwithwhisky.HereMartineNouetusesIslayandJuratopepuphermenu

Islaymaltsregisterthebestgrowthinthesinglemaltscategory,notonlyinEurope.TheglobalsuccessoftheIslayWhiskyFestivalisbutasign.Some20yearsagomedicinalwhiskieswerecompletelymisunderstood.Nowthey'refavouredinmanyplaces.

IhavealreadyfocusedoncookingwithIslaywhiskies(seeIssues14and24).Thistime,Iwillemphasizeonmatching.

Thisconcise‘pairingguide'withIslayandJuramaltsfocusesongoodcombinations,andgivessomebadones,addingafewquickandeasytipstomakeasuccessofamealwithanIslaymalt(orseveral).Enjoy!

Theheavilypeatedones(Ardbeg,Laphroaig,Lagavulin)

Do-withtheyoungones:

Rawfishandrawvegetables,tapas-likestarters.Currydishes(mediumhot).Goforstrongflavoursandcrunchytextures.
Rootvegetablesoups(suchasparsnips,carrots,celeriac).
Allcitrusfruitssweets(lemoncheesecake,fruitsalad).Adivinematch.Gingerinsweetaswellassavourydishes.
Averymaturecheesesuchascamembert.Itenhancesthemaltycharacterofthewhisky.

Do-withtheolderones:

Beefandvenisonstewsforarich,full-flavoureddish.Muttonstewaswell.
Fattyfishsuchasmackerelorsardines.
Chocolatedesserts(cocoasherbet,chocolateshortpastrycake,truffles).Itbroadenstheflavours,especiallywithasherriedmalt.Laphroaigisnotthebestwithchocolatethough.ButArdbeg1977andLagavulinDistillers'Editionarefabulous.

Don't

Usesmokedfishorsmokedmeat.Thetwosmokyflavoursfighteachotherandgiveabitteraftertaste.
Putgarlicinyourdishes.Itoverpowersanystyleofwhisky.

Themediumpeatedones(Bowmore,Port-Ellen,CaolIla)

Do

Oysters(eitherraworcookedwithgratedparmesan).Itaddsthetouchofiodinewhich...

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