Rosemary's Blog

Chichester Whisky Women’s verdict on my Essential Whiskies for Winter

I think we need to be quite up front and straight about the fact that Chichester’s Whisky Women are probably the type of girls that you would expect to be drinking whisky: verging on mature with quite a bit of life experience. We are not youngsters exploring whisky with as much gusto as any other spirit or cocktail base: we know what we like and that’s why we meet and share such fun tastings.

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My Winter Whisky Collection - 5 whiskies to complement your cooking and warm you up in January and February

My cooking has always been seasonal, with dishes dictated not only by what is in the fridge but what comes in the veg box, is ready at the community garden or is best in season from around the world. What would January be without Seville oranges, for marmalade and for other dishes too?

Winter is probably the season when most whisky is drunk, the natural time to appreciate its rich and warming characteristics. With pork and beef a welcome change from the Christmas turkey left-overs and root vegetables, dark green leafy veg such as kale and watercress, and citrus fruits all at their best, this is a time of year to be inspired in the kitchen. Pulse vegetables and generous seasonings of herbs and spices all make for satisfying and warming dishes, so let’s find some whiskies to go with them.

This is a brief introduction to my Winter Whisky Collection and there will be more detail about each one in the next few weeks.

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Broad bean humus with whiskies to match

One of the great things about the Community Garden in our village is that it encourages us all not only to share produce but recipes too. New member Sally was saying that she and her housemate had made some humus from broad beans harvested at the Garden, so I thought I’d give it a go. I used quite large beans that needed cooking, but the resulting ‘bash’ was delicious.

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Glenfarclas 15yo single malt Scotch whisky

The appearance of this whisky shouts Tradition, Old School and Whisky Like It Has Always Been. It is unashamedly low key in everything about its presentation: a squat, dark brown dumpy bottle and a simple label: red and brown lettering on a cream background and a line drawing of the distillery. I could easily pass it by on the shelves when it is positioned in amongst more glamorous and eye-catching whiskies, most of which work harder to be noticed and grabbed by the adventurous, experimental drinker.

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