Thanksgiving and The Balvenie are THE Perfect Match
The Whisky expert Jamie Johnson has paired this season favourite sweet and savoury pies with The Balvenie, designed to work with the popular flavours we associate with Thanksgiving and wow your guests with your in-depth knowledge of the matching notes.
Thanksgiving and The Balvenie: The Sweet Side
The more classic pairing of whiskys, the sweet and savory side that comes to remember the flavors of the latter.
Thanksgiving and The Balvenie: Pumpkin Pie | The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year Old
The pumpkin pie and The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year Old have complimentary flavours due to the ginger notes in both the pie and the whisky.
The pie isn’t overly sweet but is rich in baking spices such as cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. As for The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year Old it gives light sweetness which brings out a similar sweetness in the pie.
The ginger in the pie works well with the pineapple notes found in the Caribbean Rum cask finish, which also adds a peppery spiciness that compliments the abundance of baking spices found in the pie.
Thanksgiving and The Balvenie: Apple Pie | The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old
This is a classic pie (remember American Pie movie?) with classic whisky, pairing the fruit pie and DoubleWood 12 perfectly. The rich stewed fruit notes from the DoubleWood 12 whisky, the apples in pie and the cinnamon in both play nicely together. The sherry cask finish brings the baking spices (nutmeg, cinnamon) and the rich stone fruit flavours (plum, cherry, date) of the DoubleWood 12 to the forefront. These pair with the sweetness of the apples.
Thanksgiving and The Balvenie: Pecan Pie | The Balvenie PortWood 21 Year Old
The PortWood is an understated whisky – it’s elegant with hints of raisin, which pairs well with the pecan.
The elegance of the PortWood is not overshadowed by the sweetness of the pecan pie, which does not add any unnecessary sweetness.
The deep baking spices found in the pie that are elevated with the hint of cocoa found on the back end of the PortWood 21 and the marzipan notes will work excellently with a flaky pie crust.
There is a reason dried fruits, which are an ample flavour in the PortWood, match so well with nuts in so many other capacities and there is no exception here.
Thanksgiving and The Balvenie: Chocolate Pie | The Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year Old
Holidays goes with chocolate don’t you think? This is the same for the The Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year Old.
The richness of both the chocolate and whisky play well with their bitterness and spiciness, making them a heavenly match. The sweetness of the pie is balanced by the richness and savory baking spice flavours found in The Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year Old.
Thanksgiving and The Balvenie: The Mains
Whiskey with the mains? Why not! the little salty taste can certainly be counterbalanced with these magnificent whiskys!
Thanksgiving and The Balvenie: Turkey Pie | The Balvenie Tun 1509
Whisky with the mains, why not! This Higher ABV whisky cuts through the richness of the gravy so the whisky is able to make a statement. The pie is rich and savory, which contrasts the sweet and oaky notes of the whisky yet they pair well. The oak and the slightest trace of char from the whisky highlight the savory flavours from the turkey which make The Balvenie Tun 1509 a perfect match.
Thanksgiving and The Balvenie: Shepherd’s Pie | The Balvenie Single Barrel 12 Year Old
Here’s our last one. Where some whiskies could get lost, The Balvenie Single Barrel 12 Year Old stands up well to multitudes of flavours, with the higher ABV cutting through the rich, savory notes of the Shepherd’s pie. The sweetness of the whisky is intensified with the complete contrast with the pie. The vanilla notes in the whisky are especially noticeable after a bite. The oak and honey in the whisky plays with the savory umami of the meat, lending balance.
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