We're all familiar with matching cheese with wine or whisky, but did you know that gin pairs extremely well with cheese? It makes sense - gin in itself has a wide flavour spectrum that often work to complement the underlying flavour complexities of all the different cheeses out there. So instead of busting out the dessert wine, port, sherry or whisky at your next dinner party, why not whip out a gin or two instead to go with your cheese platter instead?
Whatever style or flavour of gins floats your boat, we've got you covered so you can look like the host(ess) with the most(est). Here are four gin styles with suggestions for cheese that we think match brilliantly!
Classic or Navy Strength gins
Do you find your gin profile veering towards the classic juniper-led gins or overproof gins such as the Widges, Pinkster Triple Juniper, McHenry Navy Strength Gin or the MGC Single Shot Gin? Try these cheeses with it:
- Yarra Valley White Savourine
Perhaps its a case of yin and yang, but somehow the rich and buttery texture of these cheeses seem to bring out the best of gins with floral undertones such as the Garden Swift Gin or Killara Apothecary gin. The vanilla creaminess of the Tanglin Orchid gin is also a match made in heaven with these cheeses, or for a super-luxe experience, pair them with the 44N Gin:
- Triple cream brie
- Woodside Vigneron (Australia)
Have you got a spicier or herbaceous gin such as the Royal Sedang, St George Botanivore, Audemus Pink Pepper or Animus Arboretum gins? Try these cheeses as they have enough of a bite and umami that both stand up well to, and complement the gins in question.
If you've ever had a drizzle of honey over blue cheese, you'll understand how sweet can act as the perfect foil to the savoury and almost metallic tang of these cheeses. Our gin of choice in this situation? We favour the fruitier style gins such as the Chase Seville Marmalade Gin, Manly Spirits Lillypilly Gin, and in particular, the McHenry Damson or McHenry Sloe gins (say goodbye, quince paste!)
- Gorgonzola Dolce
- Berrys Creek Riverine Blue (Australia)
- Venus Blue (Australia)