Rosters: Cheese and Whiskey, December 6, 2012 92Y Uptown

A Cheese & Whiskey Pairing

92Y Uptown, December 6, 2012

Instructors: Martin Johnson (The Joy of Cheese, Gastronomie 491) Dave Herman (Grand Tsar of Malt)

Round  1

Mastorazio: A nutty, sweet, buttery sheep’s milk cheese from Italy.

Whiskey: Redbreast 12-year-old Irish Whiskey (Ireland, 40% abv): The only pure pot still whiskey from Ireland won top prize in its category at the World Whiskies Awards in 2010.


Round  2

Tome D’Aquitaine: A sauternes soaked firm goat’s milk cheese from Graves, France.

Whiskey: Hakushu 12-year-old Single Malt Whisky (Japan, 43% abv): This “green & fresh” whiskey was created to evoke the Southern Japanese Alps.


Round  3

Scharfe Maxx 365:  A nutty alpine cheese from Switzerland.

Whiskey: Mackmyra Svensk Whisky (Sweden, 46% abv): 8 classmates from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm tested hundreds of recipes to make a distinctly Swedish whiskey.
Round  4

Essex Manchego:  Herbal and buttery in wonderfully large dimensions, this new edition of the Spanish classic has redefined Manchego.

Whiskey: Masterson’s Rye Whiskey (California, 45% abv): A whiskey made from 100% rye named in honor of William “Bat” Masterson.


Round  5

Camembert Jouvence:  A thermalized version of the French classic.  

Whiskey: Elmer T. Lee Bourbon (Kentucky, 45% abv): An old-school classic bourbon based on the recipe from a legendary master distiller.

Round  6

Roquefort Rodolph Le Meunier:  Smooth, yes, I said smooth and delicately well-articulated, this iteration of the classic French blue is from one of the leading new affineurs.

Whiskey: Prichard’s Double Barreled Bourbon (Tennessee, 45% abv): Aging a second time in oak barrels gives this unique bourbon its caramel & vanilla finish.



These cheeses are available for retail sale at  Gastronomie 491, 491 Columbus Avenue.  Other good fromageries include The Bedford Cheese Shop, 229 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg and 67 Irving Place, Murray’s on Bleecker St. and in Grand Central, Whole Foods Tribeca, Saxelby Cheesemongers and Formaggio Essex in the Essex Market.

Astor Wines & Spirits has a big selection of everything & is a solid place to shop for whisk(e)y. Whiskey Shop Brooklyn in Williamsburg is a tiny shrine to whiskey focusing on US production.



About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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2 Responses to Rosters: Cheese and Whiskey, December 6, 2012 92Y Uptown

  1. Reblogged this on Annette J Dunlea Irish Author and commented:
    I am always interestd in whiskey..I am Irish…thanks for posting The Joy of Cheese Blog

  2. Manchego and whiskey sounds awesome! Do you mind if I share that on our list of pairings? (I work at Essex St Cheese). So glad you like the cheese!

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