Halo Single Malt Mates,
I am a big fan of pairing guid food with even better whisky! I have found that the palate of the whisky enhances the food and the taste of the food enhances the palate of the whisky..
I have discovered that for me, the finish changes with each pairing.
I has been my experience that the palate of one single malt will change after one has tasted another dram of a different single malt.
Since your nose can identify 32 different smells and your taste buds have an infinite number of taste combinations, I believe that the inquisitive single malt mate can discover how much fun it can be to taste different whiskies with different foods and vice versa.
And of course the standard tasting experience with whisky only is always available and much simpler.
All you need is fine whisky and Glencairn snifters. In a pinch you can use brandy snifters or wine glasses. I had to make do with those at some restaurants in Scotland.
The Glencairn Snifter is the current state of the art whisky tasting glass.
So attend dear readers.
To nite, I decided to pair Talsiker 10 with everyday crab salad. Talisker and smoked salmon are the bomb, so I decided to try it with some crab.
Now Talisker has a peppery sea weedy finish and palate because it is matured on the Isle of Skye. It goes great with Fish and other seafood dishes.
I really liked the palate of the whisky while tasting the crab salad and the finish was interesting too. It made the dish very delicious indeed.
Here is the whisky:
10 Year Old 45.8% 70cl
Age 10 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 45.8%
The Scots can be a hard headed, single minded bunch, as Talisker shows. Skye wasn’t the easiest place logistically to set up in the 1830’s, but they persevered, and now it is one of the most visited distilleries in Scotland, and one of the most popular Highland/Island malts. A nice peppery peaty dram.
Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Hot and heavy, with hints of dried cocoa leaves, castor oil and smoked chipotle chilli peppers. Pungent, smoked kippers and freshly ground pepper. Earthiness and peatiness arrive as the dram opens up. You find yourself being enveloped by it.
Palate: A burst of pepper and peat hit the tongue, followed by a sweet note. A note of ginger, and rich, layered and smoked.
Talisker 10 is available almost everywhere in the States, and it is relatively inexpensive.
I suggest you try some with some seafood at your leisure…
Lang may yer lum reek with ither people’s coal!
Slàinte mhòr agus a h-uile beannachd duibh. Great health and every good blessing to you.
Your Scotch Spirit Master