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Whisky and Food Pairings

You can’t beat some cheese and crackers at this time of year, so here are some delicious drams that would go along perfectly with some cheeseboard staples.

We have come up with some whisky pairing recommendations to accompany your favourite cheeseboard and meat selection, perfect for your New Year celebrations!

We have paired some of the products we currently showcase on our Taste of Scotland platter, currently available in our cafe, but similar variations will still work well together wherever you buy the produce from. Spice up your cheeseboard this New Year with a wee dram or two…

Taste of Scotland Platter. Inverlochy Traditional Smoked Salmon, Inverlochy Hot Kilne Smoked Salmon, Scottish Honey Roast Ham, Great Glen Venison Salami, Scottish Borders Pastrami, Morangie Brie, Strathdon Blue, Thain CheddarTaste of Scotland Platter


  1. Auchentoshan American Oak - a light grainy and citrusy dram contrasts and highlights qualities of the bread.
  2. Auchentoshan 12 & Arran 10 - light drams with sweetness and cereal notes.

Meat Options

  • Honey roasted ham / light, sweet meat

  1. Craigellachie 13 – a dram often described as meaty, it is also a feinty and oily whisky. May complement the ham and bring out its sweetness.
  2. Scapa Skiren – a softly, sweet robust dram with a buttery finish, which works perfectly with a sweet ham.
  • Beef pastrami / medium, spicy meat

  1. Jura 18 & Ledaig 18 – both really rich drams. The red wine/sherry influences make both spirits savoury so should complement the spicy meat.
  • Venison terrine / strong, aromatic meat

  1. Benromach 10 – rich with a peaty finish. Richness complements and smokey contrasts.
  2. Glendronach 21 – one of the richest, spiciest, driest drams out there. But all this complements the venison. The dryness nicely complements the moist texture of the venison.
  • Hot smoked salmon

  1. Glen Scotia & Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair – both rich drams with a sherry influence, dried fruits and nuts to compete with strong flavour of the salmon. The saltiness of the drams complements the fish.
  • Cold smoked salmon

  1. Old Pulteney 12 – sweet, sharp maritime dram that should complement the salmon well. The lightness of the dram works well with the more subtle notes of the cold salmon.
  2. Talisker Storm – a cult favourite, smoke to complement fishy flavours.
  3. Bowmore 12 & Kilchoman Machir Bay – both light but the smokey notes contrast to accentuate the flavours of the salmon.

Meat PlatterSample Meat Platter

Cheese Options


  • Tain cheddar

  1. Glenfarclas 15 – nutty richness here matches nutty notes in the cheese. A hefty dram to compete with a dense cheese.
  2. Tobermory 12 – a sharp and floral dram. The sharpness could cut the dense texture of the cheese while the floral notes compliment the sweet earthiness of it.
  3. Auchentoshan 18 & Glencadam 21 – famously sweet and easygoing whiskies. A little oakier and spicier to compete with the cheese.
  • Strathdon Blue Cheese

  1. Dalmore Port, Tomatin Port, GlenDronach Port & Arran Port – the slightly sharp berry notes of the port finish contrast and compete with the pungent blue cheese flavours.
  2. Talisker Port Ruighe – the Talisker has additional smokey notes that also complement the saltiness in the blue cheese.
  • Morangie Brie

  1. Glengoyne 12 – sweet honey notes to complement the sweetness of the cheese.
  2. Glenmorangie Lasanta – again a complementing sweetness but with a citrusy quality to contrast.
  3. Kilkerran 12 – really sweet butterscotch notes, but will hold its own when paired with the waxy cheese.

Cheese PlatterSample Cheese Platter

All whiskies mentioned are available to purchase from our whisky shop. You have plenty of time to stock up before Hogmanay. The shop will be open until 5pm on the 31st then the distillery will reopen on the 3rd of January at 10am as normal. 

Find out more info about our whisky shop and what we offer. 

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If you fancy something to do before your Hogmanay plans, why not join one of our tours to start the night off perfectly. Extra Clydeside Tour running at 4.30pm on the 31st to join.

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