Talisker Skye and Indonesian Surabaya 69
With its smoky rich characteristic, this whisky – made at the only distillery on Scotland’s Isle of Skye – has a similar weightiness on the palate as the Indonesian Surabaya 69, and remarkably similar flavour notes. Soft, fruity caramels with smoky notes in the background.
They are like old European royal families, Kings in their own countries, but closely related.
The Macallan 12 and Chulucanas Gold 70
A classic single malt matured exclusively in oak sherry casks from Spain.
Deep, rich, and deliciously smooth it is characterised by its rich colour, notes of dried fruits and spice.The raisin and plum notes in the fine criollo bean from Chulucanas in Peru danced beautifully with it.
Pair with: Chulucanas Gold 70 Peruvian
Nikka Taketsuru 17 years old and Rio Caribe Gold 72
It is not hard to see why this elegant whisky was the Winner of the world’s best blended whisky in the World Whisky awards 2015.
Long, smooth, rounded and with hints of chocolate, it is a natural match for the Rio Caribe 72 and its deep nutty, coffee notes.
This is a pairing to be treasured.
Washed rind Soft Cheese with Milk of the Gods
Choose a washed rind cheese with a well developed sticky orange coating and a soft creamy centre. You can expect wild aromas and creamy rich sweetness. Tallegio for example has a strong aroma, but a comparatively mild flavour with an unusual fruity tang.
Milk of the Gods is a dark milk chocolate, made with the Venezuelan Rio Caribe cacao, arguably the King of Cacaos. Silky smooth with exquisitely layered notes of nuts and coffee, it gives and extra dimension to the cheese.
Pair with: Milk of the Gods 44
Gooda style cheeses with Chulucanas Gold 70
Find strong aged gouda style cheeses with caramelised, smoky notes and crystalline crunches. Parmesan is also good. With them pair Peruvian Chulucanas 70, an adventure in taste from the mountains of the Morropon province of Peru. The native Criollo beans have distinctive notes of raisins and plums which mimics the classic flavour pairing of grapes and cheese.
Tangy Mature Cheddar with Rio Caribe 72
Find a mature cheddar that is buttery and smooth, with that special Cheddar tang. Let it intermingle with the Venezuelan Rio Caribe 72.
The sleepy village of Rio Caribe lies on the magical Caribbean coast of the Paria Peninsula. The extraordinary trinitario bean grown there has astonishing depth of flavour with its coffee and nut notes.
Both have deep round flavours, neither one overpowering the other.
Pair with: Rio Caribe 72