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We keep the gin-friendly flavours intact by sourcing our cheeses from a world-class cheesemonger. We think it’s important to bake with the best quality cheese or the fat just evaporates, and you lose all the flavour,” he explains.

Rosemary

Rosemary has a lemon-pine flavour which works splendidly with juniper-led G&Ts and especially with citrus garnishes.

Cumin and the Old Empire

Finally, you’ll get a little spice kick and a back note of cumin that gives a gentle nod to the old Empire and the British Officers in India back in the early 19th Century that first developed our old favourite; gin & tonic.

Drinks Biscuits – Lancashire Cheese and Spring Onion

Snapshot: We use the best Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire Cheese and combine it with English mustard and spring onion to create a full-on fruity profile with a spicy finish. A Ploughman’s with a kick. A versatile premium snackthat stands up to some serious drinks.

Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire Cheese

This is one of the best cheeses on the planet. It’s a multi award winner (3 Great Taste stars 2019), buttery, crumbly cheese with a BIG fruity tang and looong finish. It’s an amazing cheese to bake with because the high fat content means that the flavour doesn’t bake out and instead is locked into the biscuit. The rich, mineral fruity profile balances wonderfully well with hoppy, fermented beer. It’s a classic Ploughman’s lunch cheese and made to match beer.

Spring Onion

Using spring onion creates a more pronounced, sharper onion flavour that balances with the fruitiness of the Lancashire cheese in a powerful partnership. It leaves the palate ready for a hoppy IPA or some acidity from a glass of white wine (Sauvignon Blanc, Picpoul de Pinet) or a glass of red Grenache.

Colemans English Mustard

If we’re talking about a Ploughman’s Lunch then it would be impossible to not add some English Mustard to the plate. Just as the fruitiness from the cheese and sharpness from the onion hits your palate, you then get a kick on the finish from the mustard – and that needs a great drink. We think it’s fun and adds an extra dimension to this flavour combination.

Our favourite drinks matches:

Punk IPA, Stout, Macallan Sherry Cask Whisky, Grenache

Drinks Biscuits – Mature Cheddar, Chilli & Almond

Snapshot: We use award winning Scottish Mature Cheddar which is powerful, tangy and fruity with a long finish. There’s a really satisfying smoky, warm spice richness that doesn’t overpower and balances with many great drinks.

St Andrew’s Mature Cheddar Cheese

This is the best Mature Cheddar cheese in Scotland (3 Great Taste stars 2019). It’s made in a family run dairy on the East coast of Scotland and is a joy to the tastebuds. A classic fruity and sharp, traditionally made Cheddar cheese with an earthy whiff of farmyard. Even on its own this is a delicious profile for a lager beer, amber ale or a chunky Malbec.

Sweet Smoked Paprika

By adding some sweet smoked paprika we accentuate the fruitiness of the Cheddar and bring some smoke to the party. This opens out the flavour profile to balance really well with barrel aged beers and drinks with residual sweetness like an Alsace Riesling or fruity Cider and because of the massive tangy finish can even stand up to peated whisky.

Chilli

Not too much so it fights with your palate, but just enough to create a lovely warmth that adds to the smoky, tangy, fruity profile, creating a finish that will linger and mingle with some of the most outstanding drinks.

Our favourite drinks matches:

Innis & Gunn Original (barrel aged beer), Ardbeg whisky, Oloroso sherry, Scottish Cider

Drinks Biscuits – Parmesan Toasted Pinenut & Basil

Snapshot: A classic Italian flavour combination. We use the best Parmesan cheese with long lasting tangy, nutty and caramel notes. The basil and toasted pine nuts give a light herbal sweetness and honey profile that pairs beautifully with many drinks.

Reggiano Parmesan cheese

We use the best Parmesan cheese which is rich in umami with a nutty, salty, savoury, almost meaty flavour. There’s a reason why Italians and chefs worship this cheese – completely delicious and a dream to cook with. Eat a chunk of it with some Pilsner or a fresh Hells Lager and you will be in a very happy place.

Pinenuts

We toast these little gems to bring out the best flavour, creating a ‘honey on toast’ note that resembles the nose from vintage Champagne or fine, French oak barrels from burgundy. So, no surprise that we love to pair this Drinks Biscuit with Champagne, Prosecco and fruity wines such as Chardonnay or Gavi.

Basil

Adding in some fresh basil gives this biscuit a sweet herbaceous lift, almost floral. The subtle freshness is perfect to match with Highland whisky that is slightly sweeter on the palate with hints of heather, or a fruity, bready blond beer.

Our favourite drinks matches:

Clynelish 14year Whisky, Duvel Blonde, Hells Lager, Champagne.

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