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Drunkonjack
04-19-2009, 17:32
Hello everyone . I like to drink and eat. I also like to combine the two.

What is a favorite thing to eat with your drink.

I tried Makers Mark and cotton candy but it was not a good match. :lol:

jburlowski
04-19-2009, 18:18
This has been covered elsewhere here (see Bourbon & Food Forum). But I would say: 1) aged smoked gouda; 2) smoked, dry roasted almonds; 3) really high quality chocolate (or, if necessary, plain ol' M&Ms).

Drunkonjack
04-19-2009, 18:24
Yes , Now I see it has a place of its own.

I'm kinda new here and a bit slow.....sorry.

I guess I need to comb through the forum a bit more.

How about Hickory Farms sausage ?

reg
04-19-2009, 19:01
Fresh caught bass grilled over camp fire with tomitillo salsa.

Klepackage
04-19-2009, 21:45
If I feel like spending the money, aged gouda is the best choice.

If I'm being cheap, I'll go with oyster crackers. I like to break them in half along the seams before eating them too.

Drunkonjack
04-20-2009, 03:30
whats gouda ? is it a chees spread for crackers ?

gothbat
04-20-2009, 04:56
Out of everything I've ever had with my bourbon nothing beats a bag of good jerky! (Oberto, Buffalo Bill's, Wild Bill's, Damn Good, etc...) Even salmon jerky was good with the bourbon!

p_elliott
04-20-2009, 06:49
I don't like to eat anything with my bourbon I don't want anything to interfere with the flavor. I could see having a bourbon say after a big meal but not during.

kickert
04-20-2009, 06:57
I'll go with oyster crackers. I like to break them in half along the seams before eating them too.

Is there any other way to eat them?

I do like a dark chocolate with my bourbon on occasion.

smokinjoe
04-20-2009, 07:04
I'm going to have to try this gouda thing. Besides you guys recommending it here in this thread, I've heard others tout it's merits over the years.

I like dry roasted almonds with my bourbon, too.
I recently enjoyed a neat Baby Saz with a fudgesicle, that was to die for. :yum:

ElasticalGomez
04-20-2009, 07:37
i can't stand even having a faint taste of anything on my palate when i'm enjoying bourbon. i once made the mistake of taking a sip of ETL directly after having some brie and crackers and i almost gagged.

ILLfarmboy
04-20-2009, 08:22
i can't stand even having a faint taste of anything on my palate when i'm enjoying bourbon. i once made the mistake of taking a sip of ETL directly after having some brie and crackers and i almost gagged.

It seems that people fall into two categories, those like myself who very much enjoy food with bourbon or other whiskey and those like yourself. For the most part, food with bourbon seems to be a love it or hate it proposition. I have noticed this trend in other threads.

B3Nut
04-20-2009, 12:32
I had WT101 neat with a great chipotle-BBQ burger at a gig Saturday, I thought they went well together (bourbon&coke is a kickass burger-side cocktail too.) I routinely have a neat pour of MM at my favorite Italian joint as an aperitif, (it's the only bourbon they have, incidentally...)...makes for an enjoyable meal, yessir. I love it either way...by itself, or with good food. By itself I can pick up on the subtle flavors, but I think it's also a good enhancement to a good meal.

funknik
04-20-2009, 12:47
i can't stand even having a faint taste of anything on my palate when i'm enjoying bourbon. i once made the mistake of taking a sip of ETL directly after having some brie and crackers and i almost gagged.
I'm with you.

It seems that people fall into two categories, those like myself who very much enjoy food with bourbon or other whiskey and those like yourself. For the most part, food with bourbon seems to be a love it or hate it proposition. I have noticed this trend in other threads.
Although I'm getting better, I prefer to have a clean palate when I'm drinking bourbon . . . maybe just some plain crackers with it. I do not enjoy bourbon when I'm eating and usually not until well after dinner. Wild Turkey seems to be able to cut through most food flavors, though.

Josh
04-20-2009, 12:49
I think dry roasted peanuts go very well with GD #8. Not sure why.

ggilbertva
04-20-2009, 12:56
I guess I'm boring. It's rare if I eat anything with my bourbon. A couple of times I've had chocolate with my bourbon which I think pairs well but other than that, neat and alone.

ElasticalGomez
04-20-2009, 13:03
I guess I'm boring. It's rare if I eat anything with my bourbon. A couple of times I've had chocolate with my bourbon which I think pairs well but other than that, neat and alone.

actually, i think it's rather that Bourbon alone IS NOT boring.

Klepackage
04-20-2009, 13:19
I mentioned that I enjoy some aged gouda and/or oyster crackers with my bourbon.

That said, I don't care to drink bourbon when I'm eating a meal. In general I find that it just tastes bland or unnecessarily spicy when I'm eating a full meal.

The aged gouda is an incredible addition to bourbon and I have no idea why. It's great on it's own, but it's much better when you've got a nice pour.

The oyster crackers have minimal salt and really let you taste the bourbon.

gothbat
04-20-2009, 13:39
A couple of times I've had chocolate with my bourbon which I think pairs well but other than that, neat and alone.

You're definitely not alone on that one, I think at previous Whiskyfest's I've been to they've had a chocolate and whisk(e)y seminar, I believe they were pouring scotch and bourbon. I've always wanted to attend this one but passed to attend Heaven Hill's Export Bourbon seminar/tasting and, last year, Heaven Hill's ultra-aged bourbon seminar (couldn't pass on having a taste of 30 year old bourbon!).
Actually, has anyone ever done the bourbon and chocolate seminar? How was it?


In general I find that it just tastes bland or unnecessarily spicy when I'm eating a full meal.

I find that I only get that if the food is spicy itself and that the alcohol burn mixed with the spice from the food is intense! I've had food that probably burned more on it's own but nothing makes my eyes tear like taking a sip of bourbon when my mouth is already on fire from spicy food!

ILLfarmboy
04-20-2009, 14:23
I find that I only get that if the food is spicy itself and that the alcohol burn mixed with the spice from the food is intense! I've had food that probably burned more on it's own but nothing makes my eyes tear like taking a sip of bourbon when my mouth is already on fire from spicy food!

I have experienced the same thing.

Bourbon and branch is a better pairing with spicy food, like hot wings, than bourbon neat.

Also, presumably because of the lower proof, I don't get this effect with tequila paired with Mexican food. Although I don't eat anything really spicy. I'm thinking that the spicier the food the lower the proof of the accompanying spirit must be to avoid this effect.

jburlowski
04-20-2009, 17:18
You're right... I've also found spirits and really spicy food don't blend well.

Having said that, I've recently developed a serious addiction for Wasabi-coated peas with my favorite pour. Great crunch and just the right amount of "heat"!

independant
04-20-2009, 18:24
I don't mix bourbon and food.although I really do enjoy a shot of it in my coffee after a big meal. Sometimes I get a little acid reflux after a few and I will have a dish of ice cream at the end of the night.

OscarV
04-21-2009, 09:24
I had some chocolate covered dried cherries with WTKS '04 neat last night.
They were very good together.

jburlowski
04-22-2009, 16:06
I had some chocolate covered dried cherries with WTKS '04 neat last night.
They were very good together.

Nice goin'... now I'm getting my car keys and heading to the store.

Waiahi
04-24-2009, 18:38
I love dark chocolate with Whiskey.

I get the "world" palette of Dark Chocolate from Trader Joes.

IMO, the really bitter, 80% cacao chocolates leave a very nice contrasting flavor in my mouth that really makes the flavors of the whiskey I'm sipping stand out...whether it's Single Malt Scotch, Bourbon or Rye.

DowntownD
04-24-2009, 21:43
I like Aged Gouda a lot (we have a great Cheese Importers pretty close, and they have at least three different Aged Goudas regularly and I've been really happy with the two I've tried so far).

...Dark Chocolate too (Whole Foods in Austin makes a great brick of dark chocolate that's got Sea Salt and Black Pepper in it which is fantastic, but I also like just a good plain dark one or with toffee).

...+1 on Oyster Crackers, excellent when trying a few different Whiskeys.

...and I love Wasabi Peas, but have never tried them with Whiskey. I'll be sure to do so the next time I think about it though, sounds pretty good.

Maddog918
04-25-2009, 11:40
I mentioned that I enjoy some aged gouda and/or oyster crackers with my bourbon.

That said, I don't care to drink bourbon when I'm eating a meal. In general I find that it just tastes bland or unnecessarily spicy when I'm eating a full meal.

The aged gouda is an incredible addition to bourbon and I have no idea why. It's great on it's own, but it's much better when you've got a nice pour.

The oyster crackers have minimal salt and really let you taste the bourbon.


Since I'm pretty new to drinking bourbon or any whiskey for that matter. I have been enjoying it neat after dinner. However, I'm going to try the gouda thing and the chocolate sounds nice in the evening as the sun goes down and the california air starts to cool. I can really relax sitting in my front yard with a good bourbon and looking at the mountains.

jburlowski
04-25-2009, 17:41
The chocolate I would recommend is from Vosges. Available from gourmet food shoppes or from Vosgeschocolate.com. Try the Barcelona bar (dark milk chocolate, almonds, and sea salt) or the "to die for" Bacon-Chocolate Bar.... add bourbon and you've got 3 of 4 of the primary food groups.