Help! Appetizer and dessert pairings for single malt scotch tasting ???
I'm setting up a scotch tasting - probably including Laphroaig triple wood, Isle jura prophecy, and
black adder raw cask.
Can anyone help with several ideas as to appetizers to serve and a dessert or two? I gather that a dark chocolate dessert of some kind (flourless chocolate and/or mousse?) would work but not sure.
When we do malt whisky tastings at the Virginia Distillery Co., we pair smoked salmon and/or blue cheese (often Berkshire Blue from Massachusetts), a hearty English-style cheddar with the Highlands or little baby lamb chops and a Manchego with quince paste for the fruitier Speyside. For dessert, anything caramel is great with many Highland whiskies, chocolate desserts with fruit work well with the Speysides; just use a less intense dark chocolate. I don't usually serve dessert with Islays and other peaty whiskies. It's just wrong. Having said that, chocolate with chili pepper has been well-received.
To DavidT. Good recommendation. I sometimes even make peanut brittle with Highland. It's great.