When contemplating what drink to serve with a wonderful cheese platter we tend to almost naturally turn our thoughts to Port.
But if you want to really impress your guests and take them out of their comfort zone, try serving a Nonesuch Sloe Gin or Sloe Malt instead.
The different cheeses bring out the botanicals and flavour notes in the Sloe Gin and Sloe Malt. These either contrast with, or complement, the different characteristics of the cheese and that makes for intriguing partnerships.
Sloe Gin with Stilton is probably my favourite pairing. The mouth filling richness of Sloe Gin works superbly with this cheese. The Sloe Gin has much the same rich flavour as a Vintage Port but, despite being stronger, manages to taste lighter and fresher.
Goats Cheese brings out an herbaceous note in our Sloe Gin, or does the Sloe Gin bring out an herbaceous note in these cheeses? Either way, this is a great marriage.
The saltiness and pungent aroma of Blue cheeses needs to be offset with a contrasting note of slight sweetness. Our unique, handcrafted Sloe Malt is the real winner for achieving that. It is one of the spirit’s secrets – it goes phenomenally well with cheese.
With really strong blue cheeses, especially Roquefort, you could also consider a Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky. (Tip: Keep an eye out later in 2016 for the first release single malt from Fannys Bay Distillery)
Given the nut flavours and earthiness they take on as they age, cheeses such as Camembert and Brie stand up well to the sloe gin’s fruit-filled bouquet and it’s plum/cherry notes on the palate.
If you are serving this style of cheese singularly, you will find it superb accompanied by our Dry Gin simply splashed on ice and garnished with sliced red grapes.
Order now and add some "wow" to your next cheese platter.