Tasting glasses of various whiskeys
17 Best Bourbon And Cheese Pairings
Maker's Mark & Gouda
Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has rich notes of caramel and vanilla that perfectly complement the creamy, deep flavors of aged gouda.
The sweet, delicate undertones of the bourbon cut through the rich gouda, bringing out its subtle nutty flavors and caramel-like essence without overwhelming them.
Buffalo Trace & Cheddar
Buffalo Trace’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a spicy, oaky profile and full body matched by the bold, tangy essence of sharp cheddar cheese.
The robust bourbon has notes of dark fruits and anise that play perfectly with the tang of sharp cheddar, while its smooth texture contrasts the crumbly, creamy cheese.
Both Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and blue cheese offer bold, rich flavors that pair well together.
Woodford & Blue Cheese
The rich, full-bodied bourbon has notes of dried fruit, toffee, and spices, making it able to hold its own against the sharp pungency of blue cheese.
Bulleit & Smoked Gouda
Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey delivers a spicy kick that perfectly complements the rich smokiness of the gouda for contrasting yet harmonious flavors.
The bold spicy Bulleit cuts through the creamy cheese, while the cheese’s smoky flavor acts as a canvas that allows the undertones of Bulleit Bourbon to shine.
Knob Creek & Parmesan
This is a rich duo, with Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey bringing bold, sweet flavors of oak and caramel to Parmesan’s salty nuttiness.
Moreover, the smooth, rich texture of Knob Creek bourbon is a surprising contrast to the dry, crumbly Parmesan and enhances its complex umami flavors.