A Cheese & Whiskey Pairing
92Y Uptown, December 6, 2012
Instructors: Martin Johnson (The Joy of Cheese, Gastronomie 491) Dave Herman (Grand Tsar of Malt)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.