Meat and whiskey don’t go together. Or do they? I recently had the opportunity to put this to the test as a guest at the The Olive in Resorts World Genting. Chef Radzuan Hamzah did the honors of pairing the exclusive Chivas Regal Extra whiskey with Miyazaki wagyu. Known as the gold bar of steak for its tenderest cut, the combination was surprisingly fantastic. In Japan the Miyazaki prides itself as the champion of Japan’s Wagyu Olympics since 2007.
I started off my meal with a special creation by Chef called the Amuse Bouche which was paired with the Chivas Regal 12 Y.O. It was about to get exciting as we dived into the appetizer which was a flavourful combination of celeriac, chanterelle mushrooms and onion jus.
Followed right after was the Curried parsnip soup with apple puree, parsnip chips and wasabi cress paired with Chivas Regal Mizunar. The Chivas Regal Mizunar is a special edition which was released in the Japan market. I was fascinated with this whiskey in particular as it was matured in the Mizunara oak cask which is rare and gave it that fruity, floral like taste with a hint of nuttiness to it.
The main course was the Gold Bar Miyazaki Beef with romanesco, potato, salted carrot, soy glazed and sweet ginger paired with Chivas Regal Extra. The Chivas Regal Extra goes very well with this tender meat. It was a little too strong in terms of taste for me as the whiskey was rather strong compared to the Chivas Regal Mizunara.
After the delicious wagyu, out came the Berries tartlet which I found absolutely delicious from the coconut chocolate ganache to the ice cream flavoured cigar. The whiskey paired for the dessert was the Chivas Regal 18 Y.O and this is one of the premium’s from the Chivas collection. A whiskey aged to perfection like this results in an easy smooth sip.
Whiskeys are stronger and are more flavourful if you ask me but I believe they can be paired easily just like wine according to their various flavour profiles.
Rule of thumb would be, light whiskeys that are mildly sweet are best paired with spicy meals or seafood and medium bodied whiskeys go great with game. Think protein, the likes of chicken, beef, lamb, and even pork. Pay close attention you’ll realize medium bodied whiskeys have peat influence in it. For full bodied whiskey, their loaded in flavour and goes well with rich and fatty food.