Whisky and Cheese are two words I’ve never found myself saying together, and two flavours I hadn’t even thought would be a good match. Another word that seems juxtaposed to Whisky is Tigerlily, with so many bars in Edinburgh to enjoy a dram or two of whisky I never thought Tigerlily would be one of them. I’ve nothing against Tigerlily, but it’s always seemed like a cocktails and fizz type of place.
Tigerlily is a boutique 4-star hotel on George Street, ideally situated to give visitors easy access to Edinburgh’s attractions, shops are nightlife. The luxurious rooms come with pre-loaded iPods, flat screen TVs, king size beds, Egyptian cotton and White Company toiletries as standard.
Cheese and Whisky Tasting
It’s only in recent years that I’ve come to appreciate the wonders of whisky, and it’s all thanks to the blog. I’m much more open-minded about whisky these days and always keen to learn more, cheese and whisky was certainly a new one to me.
I’m no stranger to wine and cheese and have dabbled with whisky and chocolate, but I wouldn’t have thought to pair whisky and cheese. After Tigerlily’s first pairing of Jura Tastival 2016 with Ragstone, I was sold.
Tigerlily’s Whisky and Cheese Event
Jura Tastival 2016 paired with Ragstone
Adelphi Bruichladdich 2002 Single Cask paired with Bonnet
Abbey Whiskies Annon Batch 1 paired with Gran Jura Suisse
Benromach 15 paired with Lincolnshire Poacher
Douglas Laing’s Timorous Beastie paired with Blue Murder
The interaction between the cheese and whisky was fascinating, especially when we tried swapping some of the pairings around and quickly discovered how some definitely didn’t go together.
Whilst I love cheese and wine as a pairing, I found the interaction between cheese and whisky to be far more interesting. Wine and whisky complement each other, but whisky and cheese get much more involved, culinary chemical reactions took place, I encourage you all to try it if you haven’t already.
Tigerlily’s event was the perfect introduction to the world of cheese and whisk and, at £25 for a ticket, was excellent value for money – especially given the generous measures and hefty slices of cheese.
The event was hosted by Tigerlily’s whisky ambassador, Steven Cooney, who kept the tone light and made the content accessible to all. Whisky can often come with so many rules to ensure it’s enjoyed ‘properly’ – thankfully this was a relaxed evening with a sense of fun. Steven’s passion for whisky was infectious and it was clear he’d put a great deal of thought and research into planning the event.
The cheeses were supplied by Stockbridge’s George Mewes Cheese, somewhere we’ve yet to visit (after the quality of these cheeses it won’t be long until we do).
This event was great fun, not only did it enlighten me to the delights of whisky and cheese but it also made me realise Tigerlily was more than just cocktails and fizz – it’s also a bar passionate about whisky and have a menu to prove it.
Tigerlily, 125 George St, Edinburgh EH2 4JN
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