The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2013 - Whisky & Food

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At The Whisky Shop Dufftown we have continued our exploration of whisky and food pairings and our search for the best dram with a bacon roll and the best one with haggis.

Intrepid guests at the festival sampled 4 drams with a bacon roll and where asked to vote for their favourite  combination.  The current champion from the Autumn Festival, Old Pulteney 12, faced three new challangers: Glenfiddich 14 Rich Oak, Aberlour 12 and Macallan Gold.  The clear winner was Glenfiddich 14 Years Old Rich Oak.  So now you know that the next time you are having a bacon roll go for a Glenfiddich 14.

In a series of more civilized tastings, at least by the time of day, the food pairing was Haggis and whisky.  The current champion from the Autumn Festival, Dalmore 12, was up against Balvenie 12 Double Wood, Glendronach 12 and Glenfarclas 15.  This was a much closer battle but by a good nose (and pallette) the best combination was Glendronach 12 Years Old and haggis.

We were delighted that some people preferred each of the combinations and everyone could really  appreciate  the different flavours that each pairing brought changing the flavours in both the food and the whisky.  We will continue our scientific research in these two areas during future festivals.

Best with Bacon

Best with Haggis