Overview of food pairings by Scotch Whisky regions. 

WhiskyTastingFood Match
Game Terrine, Venison
Smoked/Raw oysters
Smoked salmon
Smoked almonds
Stilton, Mature Cheddar
Fruitcake, Dark Chocolate, Dried Fruits, Poached Pear
Olives green, Kalamata/ Nicoise
Tomato tapenade
Roasted Garlic, Brie
Shortbread, Scone
Turkish delight

HighlandSubtle Light
Semi-sweet dark chocolate
Granny Smith apple slices, dipped in Cinnamon honey
Crème Brulee,
Fudge Custard tart,

IslandSubtle Peat
Pecans, Hazelnuts, Olives, Salted Almonds
Tropical Fruits
Lightly peated
Humus with eggplant
Smoked Salmon, Sushi
Oysters, Scallops
SherriedDark chocolate
Fudge, Cheesecake
Chocolate chip cookies
Chocolate-covered coffee beans

Light fragrant whiskies with a touch of sweetness – e.g. Dalwhinnie, Glenkinchie

  • Sushi
  • Smoked salmon (especially wild salmon and other delicate smokes)
  • Dressed crab
  • Cullen skink (smoked haddock soup) Cock-a-leekie, or Parsnip soups
  • Bread and butter pudding
  • Cranachan (whipped cream and whisky with toasted oatmeal and raspberries)
  • Soft, creamy cheeses

Medium bodied whiskies with some peat influence e.g. Bruichladdich, BNJ

  • Smoked Mackerel, Mussels, Oysters, Duck or Venison
    Duck or chicken liver paté
  • Seared scallops and bacon
  • Black cod (Nobu-style)
  • Haggis
  • Roast or braised pheasant or guinea fowl with a creamy wild mushroom sauce

Full-bodied rich whiskies aged in Sherry casks

  • Seared or grilled steak
  • Char siu pork
  • Roast venison especially with caramelised/roast root vegetables
  • Rich fruit cakes e.g. Christmas cake
  • Mince pies – Pecan pie
  • Sticky toffee pudding, Gingerbread
  • Dark chocolate and ginger biscuits
  • Dark chocolate brownies
  • Mature cheddar – Washed-rind cheeses
  • Crème Brulee

Strong, peaty whiskies e.g. Lagavulin, Talisker

  • Scallops and bacon
  • Dark chocolate
  • Anchovy-based spreads or dips
  • Hot-smoked salmon
  • Haggis
  • Tea-smoked chicken
  • Mature farmhouse cheddar
  • Strong blue cheeses, especially Roquefort

Glenrothes or similar with Pumpkin pie

This type of Scotch is very heavy with vanilla and hints of spice. Ideal for pumpkin pie.

Scotch Whisky and steak

Meat goes really well with all scotches irrelevant of brand. Venison, steak, partridge etc.

Whisky and scallops

Seafood is a Scotches best friend. Delicate scallops with the lively, sweetness and citric accents of Old Putney 17 year or similar. A touch of the seaside with the finish binds the two together very well.

Big whiskies like the Islay’s, great match with Blue cheeses