Food to serve with Scotch
A friend is giving me an introduction to Scotch with a tasting. Being the foodie that I am I am charged with coming up with menu of what to eat. I have searched and have a few ideas but want some further help. I have the names of 2 of the scotches that we will be having. Any suggestions of what to pair with them would be greatly appreciated. There are only about 4-6 of us so its a smaller group.
Ian MacLeods (Isle of Skye) 8 year
I don't think you'd want to eat while drinking the scotch. Pairing scotch with food doesn't seem like a good idea to me. I'd personally drink something before and / or afterwards, and I think something that doesn't have so strong a flavor that it dulls the palate (but heavy enough to help you deal with all that alcohol, assuming you're not spitting out the scotch) would be the way to go.
Rant... I don't know why people are so obsessed with pairing everything with food. Some things are better enjoyed on their own.
ps - this is probably more appropriate for the "Spirits" forum, since it's not specific to Los Angeles.
I'm fond of scotch with sushi (no Islay, though).
I am the "cocktail geek" in our foodies group (4 couples, one couple cooks each quarter). If I were doing this (assuming the others would all drink scotch), I think I'd be inclined to serve the scotch between courses as sort of an intermezzo.
I also think that simple grilled beef would work, although it sort of cries out for the acidity of a red wine. Maybe a steakhouse menu? Avoid strong sauces, esp anything with wine.
I've come across a few links that I thought were helpful (below). I think pairing food with scotch can be tricky, but if done correctly, can really enhance the overall experience. For instance, blue cheese goes very well with Islay (iodiney/peaty/smoky) scotches, and in some instances, so does milk chocolate.
Dark chocolate has a real affinity for Scotch especially anything with a bit of smoke. Have a great time.