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Aug 1, 2010 07:16 PM

Ideas for pairings for a Scotch tasting

So me and some friends are having a scotch tasting this fall and I wanted to get some recommendations of what would be some good eats to go along with. My thought is good bread stinky cheese, Onion jam.

Here is the catch, tasting is in Nanaimo, so I am looking for places to get quality fixings without having to pack a cooler of ice and a visit to Oyama at Granville Island. Willing to go through Victoria to pick up supplies and open to almost any suggestion.

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  1. I've never tried matching scotch with food - sounds fun. Here's a pretty good article from the Globe

    My intuition tells me:
    Chocolate desserts
    Pates and Terrines (with and assortment of breads - I imagine dark malty breads will complement scotch well.
    Grilled meats
    Smoked meats/sausages (though there is a potential that smoked meats will overpower the smoke from the scotch
    )Sharp and creamy cheeses

    Oyama is a good spot. Also JNZ. Victoria has a a great charcutiere called Choux Choux and a great bakery called Fol Epi (amongst others).

    3 Replies
    1. re: fmed

      Why not stay in Nanaimo and do your shopping at McLean's? It has a pretty great selection of cheeses, European sausages (i.e. real chorizo), and other assortment of fine foods.

      1. re: anewton

        anewton, thanks. I have heard about McLean's a little, but thought that there thing was cheese. If you have a link or if there are other hounds that could give an assist on the quality and what we might be able to get there would love the help.

      2. re: fmed

        FMED thanks. I did think it would be a bit of a task to find things that will hold up and that is why I was thinking charcutiere. Thanks for the tip on Choux Choux. Closer and less transport. I have a fear of two hours in a car on the ferry in a cooler is not a sound choice for any good meats from JNZ or Oyama.

      3. A thank you to all of you for your advice. Choux Choux, was an excellent rec. We were able to get some great cheese and meats for the evening.

        Also McLean's in Nanaimo was a great help. A small conversation with the owner (Mr. McLean) resulted in a great chutney paring (home made by them) and a proper Haggis that was excellent. And for anyone that wants to try a Haggis, but fears the whole "food lexicon based on a dare," thing I would place my trust in McLean's for any faint of heart.