Cheese Tastings and Pairings

 

Snowdonia Black Bomber and Red Devil cheddar; Isle of Kintyre Apple wood Smoked Cheddar
Snowdonia Black Bomber and Red Devil cheddar; Isle of Kintyre Apple wood Smoked Cheddar

Old Credit, cold processed Amber Ale paired with a selections of cheddars

Old Credit, cold processed Amber Ale paired with a selection of cheddar

As I believe in going local; I went for a local brew for this pairing.  Old Credit Amber Ale is created by The Old Credit Brewing Co here in Port Credit, Ontario.  Amber Ale is toasty and light with a fruity nose.  I have found it very easy to pair with cheeses for a casual ambience.

The cheeses I chose to pair are all from the UK.  Black Bomber and Red Devil from Snowdonia Cheese Company, England.  Also, Traditional Smoked Isle of Kintyre from Inverloch Cheese, Scotland.

Black Bomber is an extra old cheddar in a black wax rind.  It is butter yellow with the consistency of a pate de chou.  It’s medium intensity has medium notes of sweet and sour.  It is moist and crumbly with a nose of butter, cream and onion.  Paired with the Amber Ale, it enhanced the beer’s toast flavour while exalting it’s own sourness.

Red Devil is a Red Leicester tribute with chilies and crushed red pepper.  It comes in a red wax rind with a crumbly carrot orange paste appearance.  Sweet and savoury it has a nose of sweet pepper and creme fraiche.  It has long finish due to it’s heat and the background of paprika and onion.  The devil was an extraordinary way to intensify the hop flavour of the beer.

The Isle of Kintyre traditional smoked cheddar is done over honest apple wood chips.  While it has an intense fruity smell of the smoke; it’s flavour comes to you gently in a creamy moist paste body.  Silky smooth comes to you with notes of sweet bacon giving traditional sour and salt notes wrapped in it’s savoury sweetness.  When the Isle met the Port; the result was bringing out the refreshing characteristics of the beer while bringing forward an enjoyable bitterness.

All in all, a most enjoyable afternoon repast during a snow storm here in Port Credit.

Guy Hartmann

 

 

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